Beaujolais – Part of Burgundy
Not well-recognized in France, the Beaujolais area, nonetheless, produces excellent quality wines. That’s because this section of Burgundy is melded into the Burgundy landscape.
A light and fruity French wine that hints of pear and banana flavorings is Beaujolais Nouveau – a well-loved grape variety that goes well with such succulent dishes as:
- Sweet potatoes
- Oven roasted chicken
- Corned beef and cabbage
- Steak tartare
- Roast duck
- Beef stew
You can even savor the wine with an egg or chicken salad sandwich or pair it with vegetable soup, onion soup, a game hen or turkey too.
Harvesting the Grapes for Beaujolais Nouveau
The Beaujolais area, which is a part of Burgundy, produces the Beaujolais Nouveau vintage with the Gamay grape. It is harvested from vineyards that lie in the northern section of Beaujolais. The Beaujolais Nouveau harvest takes place in the mid-part of fall, when daylight hours are shorter and temperatures are moderately cool.
An Admired and Popular Wine
The individual responsible for the production of Beaujolais Nouveau is Georges Duboeuf, who produces award-winning varietals from Beaujolais as well the Mâconnais area. The highest scoring brand among French wines, the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau varietal is the number one choice of Beaujolais wines worldwide. It is also among the top 10 of admired wine brands.
A Passion for Producing Wine
The producer’s passion for wine-making and in producing Beaujolais in particular, is well known, thereby making the creator of grape vintages a legend in the wine-making trade. All Georges Duboeuf wines are recognized for their quality, consistency and overall value. The producer works with over 400 vintners in Beaujolais alone. Les Vins Georges Duboeuf features grape varietals that are made up of the everyday type wines to bottles for special occasions.
The King of Beaujolais
The producer himself was born in Crêches-sur-Saône on Good Friday in 1933. His company, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is one of the biggest producers of wines in France. Known especially for his production the Beaujolais variety, the company’s founder is often referred to as le roi du Beaujolais, or the King of Beaujolais.
An Early Initiation into the Wine Trade
Raised on a small farm, the future winemaker was initiated with wine-marking early. His older brother and uncle took over the harvesting of Chardonnay vines after the death of Duboeuf’s father. He began his foray into the wine business when he was only six. Les Vins Georges Duboeuf was established in 1964.
A Distinctly Recognizable Wine
Duboeuf and his company produce over 2.5 million cases of wine each year with the producer being almost solely responsible for the continuing popularity of Beaujolais Nouveau. All the Duboeuf wines are readily recognized by the distinct Duboeuf insignia and a floral imprint.
Enduring and Lasting Appeal
Beaujolais Nouveau cannot be considered a serious wine. However, the wine’s “fun” character is probably what makes it so desirable. Duboeuf has created a vino that has enduring and lasting appeal.