Fireworks, music, festivals, and wild publicity events accompany the celebration in France of Beaujolais Nouveau Day, which takes place on the third Thursday in November.
Beaujolais Nouveau is a light bodied, purple-pink fruity wine and the most popular vin de primeur — wine allowed to be sold in the same year in which it was harvested.
The wine’s pale fruity nature is due to the stunted carbonic maceration period followed by a similarly short whole berry anaerobic fermentation, stressing fruit flavors without eliciting acerbic tannins from the grape skins.
Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested, and all grapes in the region must be harvested by hand. Parties are held throughout the country to celebrate the first wine of the season.
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