Friday Happy Hour: Quelque Chose de Nouveau

Friday, December 2, 2011

There are two things that are new. First, gooseberry mooseberry now has its very own domain name! So welcome, readers old and new. We hope you like the change.

Second, something new to celebrate calls celebrating with something new. Today the Friday Happy Hour returns with a Beaujolais Nouveau (if slightly belated).

M0123

We usually like to get Georges Duboeuf as our Beaujolais Nouveau. This year we decided to try a different one: Pascal Chatelus Beaujolais Nouveau 2011.

I look forward to the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, which goes on sale the third Thursday of November, when it is typically just 6-8 weeks old. I love fruity, fresh flavors of this young wine. Some discount this wine as immature, others (like my mom) say even a glass gives them headaches. I generally disagree.

Pascal Chatelus Beaujolais Nouveau is a beautiful plum color, dark but still transluscent. The aroma is savory, fresh, very mild, and reminds me of sour cherries. I was having a hard time articulating any particular flavors upon taste. I detected light notes of oak, and, as an afterthought, very slight hints of sour cherry or red currants. But I was missing the usual freshness and fruitiness of the wine. Overall, it struck me as immature, as if it were still developing, promising to get better with age.

Husband says: "There is nothing that strikes me about it. It is typical in a good way."

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