A thoroughly French affair! Beaujolais Nouveau: celebrated on the 3rd Thursday of November

Posted on November 20th, 2012
Categories: News

Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This “Beaujolais Nouveau Day” used to see heavy marketing, with races to get the first bottles to different markets around the globe. The current release practice is to ship the wine ahead of the third Thursday of November, and release it to the local markets at 12:01 am local time.

Beaujolais nouveau is a purple-pink wine reflecting its youth, bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvest. The method of production means that there is very little tannin, and the wine can be dominated by such fruity ester flavours as banana, grape, strawberry, fig and pear drop. The wine is recommended to be slightly chilled to 13°C (55°F).

Beaujolais nouveau is intended for immediate drinking. While some nouveau can be kept for a few years, there’s no real reason to, as it doesn’t improve with age. For comparison, standard Beaujolais AOC wines are released the following year and can be stored for one or more years before consuming. The wines show definite variation between vintages, and as such are eagerly awaited as a first indicator of the quality of the year’s regional wine harvest.

Why don’t you get a group of friends together to celebrate this wine, learn more and have fun at the same time!

Alliance Française de Nairobi teams up with the Jardin de Paris restaurant to celebrate the arrival of the ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’, new wine from this year’s harvest. Accompanied with gourmet food and music by Brigitte Rakotomalala and the brilliant DJ Babs, this will be very ‘Frenchy’ night of feast for the senses.

Two menus are on offer:

Formule Gourmet:

2 glasses of Beaujolais, a platter of cheese, an assortment of French delicatessen and desert.
Advance tickets: 2,000Ksh / On the day: 2,200Ksh

Formule Découverte:

1 glass of Beaujolais Nouveau and an Assortment of French delicatessen
Advance tickets: 900Ksh / On the day: 1,000Ksh

This event will take place on Saturday 24th November from 7.30pm at Alliance Française de Nairobi / Jardin de Paris Restaurant

Buy now your ticket and save money!

Buy your ticket at Alliance Française de Nairobi through Bernard Odhiambo

Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 1pm & 2pm to 5.30pm

For more information, please contact Alliance Française de Nairobi
Tel : 2605984 / E-mail: [email protected]