Beaujolais Nouveau 2013
Here are a few snaps from Georges Duboeuf's report on this year's Beaujolais Nouveau harvest, which got under way on the 24th September during a very welcome Indian summer. That's the local colour -- but you'd probably like to know about the end result of all that hard work: what's in the bottle? By all accounts (I haven't tried it yet, though sources close to me have), this year's BN is a richly coloured wine, with a good bit of substance and flavour too, by the light and fruity standards of the style. It's always a great lunch wine, or a juicy and refreshing partner for autumnal roast chicken or mild game. We have a limited supply this year at €12.99, available from bubblebrothers.com, from the English Market and also from the Marina. If you're interested to see how this relatively delicate wine ages, ask for one of the half-a-dozen or so bottles we kept back from last year and have a little comparative tasting. A year of age doesn't do much harm, in fact: there's still fruit, but without the candied notes of a new vintage, and pleasant grippy tannins that make the 12 Month Old rather a rare drop, even if not to be preferred to the youthful charms of the 2013. Get it while you can!