Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Nouveau "Primeur Pierre Chermette" 2016
This is one of the best Beaujolais Nouveau wines of 2016, brimming with lively, happy red fruit, and fun aromas of banana and bubble gum.
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, the French region of Beaujolais erupts in celebration with the release of the year's bottlings of Beaujolais Nouveau. What was once a local event has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, where buyers all over the world scramble to get their hands on this easy drinking red wine.
What makes it remarkable? Well, check out the vintage for one! This wine was released a mere 6 weeks after the grapes were picked. There is no other wine that is released that early! This is possible because the Gamay grapes are fermented using carbonic maceration instead of yeast, a technique that creates fresh, fruity wines that are low in tannins.
Carbonic maceration gives these wines their signature aromas of banana, raspberry, cranberry, and candied fruit, resulting in low alcohol wines that go down real easy.
Beaujolais makes very serious (and very delicious) red wines from the Gamay grape. The Beaujolais Nouveau phenomenon just happens to be a sideshow that one can’t help but get swept into.