JWL Issue #119: Beaujolais Nouveau Special - Best Supermarket Options

November 17, 2020

The November tasting

Last Wednesday was our November Live tasting. Sam Povey walked us through both the Hirsute Blanc and the 974 red from this month's box. If you want to learn a little more about those wines, you can rewatch those here.

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Beaujolais Nouveau

This Thursday it's Beaujolais Nouveau day – the calendar date where the very first Beaujolais gets released. We had been planning an outdoor party for you this year, but sadly given the times we've had to call this off. Watch out 2021 – your time will come. In the meantime, you can buy one of our 12 bottles of Nouveau and get a live tastealong this Saturday here.  

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Favourite supermarket Beaujolais

I've spoken about Duboeuf Fleurie from Sainsbury's so many times now, you might suspect me of sponsorship. It's on offer at £9 right now and for £9 there's not much better red wine to be drunk at Sainsbury's.

Marks & Spencer's house Beaujolais is a steal at £7. This is endlessly drinkable, full of red fruits and bubblegum aromas, the tannins are low and there's a really smooth mouthfeel. Chill it slightly for even more fun.

Finally, if you want to explore another Fleurie, then Waitrose' Henry Fessy is also on offer (down to £11.49 from £15.49). This is a delicious display of the Fleurie cru – a little more body and tannin than you expect from a Village or a Nouveau while still being incredibly drinkable.


What are the Beaujolais Cru?

Beaujolais is a great wine to get into for a few reasons. First, it's a wine that's hugely undervalued and for the most part is meant to be consumed young. That means great value in many places. Second, it's not big enough to become unwieldy in learning about.

There are ten crus in Beaujolais. Each of these carries a distinct style and is different to one another and to village level Beaujolais you might be useful – all the while, still reflecting the gamay grape we love.

From north to south, they are:

  1. Saint-Amour
  2. Juliénas
  3. Chenas
  4. Moulin-à-Vent
  5. Fleurie
  6. Chiroubles
  7. Morgon
  8. Réginé
  9. Brouilly
  10. Côte de Brouilly

Next time you see one of these wines, pick up a bottle and start to piece together your own map of Beaujolais.

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