|Trade celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau day without the 'Nouveau'|
|Written by Carol Emmas|
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 10:05|
This year's Beaujolais Thursday may be marked with a host of trade events - but few of are actually marketing or serving traditional Beaujolais Nouveau.
Swansea is keen on celebrating "Beaujolais Day", with restaurants being reportedly "booked solid" months in advance according to Jon Moore manager of Mumbles Fine Wine. "The day is seen as a massive celebration in Swansea - it's just that no one drinks the wine," he said. Moore said Mumbles Fine Wine has ordered 12 dozen, but mostly for retail sale. "It's just seen as a big cash cow here, with restaurants making money off the back of it ahead of Christmas, but no one is actually serving Beaujolais Nouveau wines. It's a bit frustrating really."
Chris Piper, chairman, Christopher Piper Wines said it has an "extremely active market" for Beaujolais Nouveau wines in the South-West of England.
Piper said: "This year's wine is really quite good and the few people who import Beaujolais (or Beaujolais-Villages) Nouveau in to the UK, deal with top estates in the region who have made some really interesting wines. These would include André Collonge at Lancié (Thorman Hunt & Co. Ltd), Vincent Lacondemine & Philippe Deschamps - both based in Beaujeu (Nick Dobson Wines) and of course, our very own Château de Grandmont."
He added: "The 2012 Beaujolais vintage, as with most European regions, was about 35% down on the norm and this saw domaines, like those listed here, not producing more than 25hl/ha. This reduction in yield, albeit in a difficult vintage, has resulted in some concentrated and yet very drinkable (gouleyant) wines."