November 10, 2015
Yes indeed, as in every year since this bizarre wine fest started, the third Thursday in November is the day we all drink sub standard French plonk and have a damn good time…till the next day.
My first port of call to try this years bottled horror was to Mr Canard, having re-opened with the sole point of dishing out as many serious hangovers to as many Francofiles as possible.
“Très fruité,” (very fruity) was the verdict of one diner. One prominent wine expert has said this year’s wine contains a whiff of blackberry, raspberry and cherry – describing it as “sturdy” despite fears it might have been damaged by a late harvest. Damaged? I should coco, this stuff was damaged well before they wasted a bottle and a cork on it. Thank God for the excellent French cheese and cold cuts to soothe my ravaged taste buds.
Deciding that my highly trained pallate had been tortured enough I headed off to see a girl who would be the only one capable of putting some “beau” back into Beaujolais. Cafe Competoir was in full “saute” with Charlotte Fisher dishing out lashings of Georges DuBoeuf, which was remarkbly good, or was it that my taste buds, having been put through such hell earlier could no longer differentiate between Beaujolais and concentrated sulfuric acid.
Needles to say the next morning I felt like I had been in a wrestling match with Ghengis Khan, France 1 Wales 0 then, but to be sure the pain will slowly fade to a distant nightmare and this time next year I will yet again be putting my tounge through another night of the liquid gullotine.
Author: Johnny Gates.
Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France- a thirty-four mile stretch of land in east-central France. It is the most popular vin de primeur (“early product wine”) fermented for just a few weeks then officially released for sale on the third Thursday of November.