$11.00 (purchased at Printer's Row Wine Shop)
Aroma: Berries and bananas
Taste: Fruity, tart
Laima and I celebrated NouveauDay by getting a bottle of the 2011 Bouchard Aîné et Fils Beaujolais Nouveau, made from Gamay grapes (the 35th varietal grape on my Wine Century Club list). It's been many years since I had a Nouveau, opting instead to look at more "serious" wines. This year I thought it would be a nice way to mark the beginning of the holiday season.
The wine itself came in an understated bottle, somewhat disappointing for a Nouveau, but it's what inside that counts, right? Immediate aroma of bananas (what I remembered from the past), with some berry as well. The taste was much more tart than expected, I was hoping for more sweetness, with just a faint hint of effervescence. Nothing wrong with it, just not my taste -- I won't be getting another bottle.
For over two centuries, the House of Bouchard Aîné et Fils has had as its mission an unyielding quest for perfection in quality, authenticity of style, the prestige that lies in a name, and perfect mastery of grape selection, winemaking and ageing. The first négociants came into being at the beginning of the 18th century to meet the demand of French and Flemish clients in particular; this was the beginning of the development of international trade.
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