The third Thursday in November means the annual arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. And despite the fact that Nouveau is largely just a marketing tool, it shouldn’t be forgotten that at its heart it’s meant to offer consumers their first peek at the potential quality of the 2010 vintage in the northern hemisphere.
This seems all the more relevant with the 2010 vintage, which follows on the heels of the exceptional 2009 vintage—one of the region's best in the last 50 years. For fans of the wine, the news is good, as the Nouveaus in our blind tasting today were easy-drinking and very likable. They showed good balance overall, and a friendly, tangy acidity that enlivened the currant and berry flavors.