Georges Duboeuf BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2008

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2008

 

Start of harvest: September 15, 2008
Harvesting: 100% by hand
Release date: November 20, 2008
Alcohol: 12%
Total acid: 5.30g/lt (tartaric acid)
pH: 3.68
Residual sugar: 1.2 gr/liter
Retail price: $10.99

The 2008 vintage:

2008 turned out to be a very late harvest. The first grapes were harvested on September 15 while the last ones were picked in early October. The region enjoyed ideal weather throughout this period: hardly a drop of rain. The crisp September sunny weather meant that the berries ripened evenly and steadily, and achieved perfect balance. This allowed the winegrowers to leave bunches on the vines a few days longer than usual.

Yields are extremely low in 2008 in Beaujolais in all appellations. It could even be the lowest yield since 1975. This means intensity and concentration in the fruit. Low volumes in combination with a late harvest make the perfect recipe for success. Winegrowers think “all conditions are met for a successful vintage”

2008 will be seen as a “winemaker’s vintage”. It took know-how and vigilance to keep the vines on track and craft great wines.

Tasting Notes:

This wine displays a lovely deep red colour with tints of sumptuous, shiny purple. It offers an exciting range of aromas ranging from redcurrants, raspberries and wild strawberries, to softer fruit such as wild peaches. These aromas continue very harmoniously on the palate where the tannins are silky and seductive, highlighted by notes of blueberry and a hint of spice. Due to the smaller yields, this 2008 is more full-bodied than the 2007.

 

Imported by W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. www.wjdeutsch.com

BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES NOUVEAU 2008

 

Start of harvest: September 15, 2008
Harvesting: 100% by hand
Release date: November 20, 2008
Alcohol: 12%
Total acid: 5.30g/lt (tartaric acid)
pH: 3.68
Residual sugar: 1.2 gr/liter
Retail price: $10.99

The 2008 vintage:

2008 turned out to be a very late harvest. The first grapes were harvested on September 15 while the last ones were picked in early October. The region enjoyed ideal weather throughout this period: hardly a drop of rain. The crisp September sunny weather meant that the berries ripened evenly and steadily, and achieved perfect balance. This allowed the winegrowers to leave bunches on the vines a few days longer than usual.

Yields are extremely low in 2008 in Beaujolais in all appellations. It could even be the lowest yield since 1975. This means intensity and concentration in the fruit. Low volumes in combination with a late harvest make the perfect recipe for success. Winegrowers think “all conditions are met for a successful vintage”

2008 will be seen as a “winemaker’s vintage”. It took know-how and vigilance to keep the vines on track and craft great wines.

Tasting Notes:

This Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau has a lovely red colour with slightly purplish tints. It displays highly aromatic tones with raspberry and redcurrant notes.
Velvet-like on the palate, backed up by soft tannins, this wine is well balanced and harmonious. It is extremely pleasant and fruity while displaying great finesse.

 

Imported by W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. www.wjdeutsch.com

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Georges Duboeuf Forecasts Favorable Vintage For 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau
Wine To Be Shipped By Boat To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Beaujolais wine producer Georges Duboeuf predicts a sunny forecast for the 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau vintage. Duboeuf proclaimed that yields will be lower, and the wine will be more full bodied than in 2007.

Beaujolais Nouveau will make its debut Thursday, November 20, following the tradition of annually releasing this wine the third Thursday in November. Duboeuf and exclusive agent, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. are planning major “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé!” events in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and other cities nationwide to mark the occasion.

By French law, the first cases of Beaujolais Nouveau are traditionally shipped via air freight from France one week prior to the official release to consumers at 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday in November. This year, in an unprecedented break from tradition, two-thirds will be shipped earlier in November by boat to help reduce the carbon footprint of the wine’s release. According to Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf’s exclusive U.S. agent, Bill Deutsch, Chairman of W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., this measure will not only address environmental concerns about shipping the wine by air, but will also keep the price of the wine comparable to its 2007 retail price, $10 -$12 per bottle.

“This is a special arrangement for this year that we felt was important to our customers who may be concerned about both the environment and rising costs,” Deutsch said.

The young fruity wine is made from the region’s Gamay grape. By law, the grapes must be harvested by hand, not machine. “The 2008 Gamay berries show thick skins, a good sign for the tannins and anthocyanin, which leads to beautiful color and strong structure for the wine. Ideal weather conditions with warm bright sunshine the second half of September will add to the lushness of the grapes. We are seeing dazzling colors of deep red with flashing tints of sumptuous shiny purple,” reported Duboeuf.

“The sun blessed us with rich ripe-hued grapes. The first vats we tasted offered an exciting range of aromas- red currant, raspberry, wild strawberry and wild peaches with hints of black currant. The flavors are deep and balanced on the palate with a pleasant roundness. Our impression is that, due to the smaller yields, the structure of the 2008 vintage is more full-bodied than the 2007,” said Duboeuf. Harvest peaked September 25th. Yields will be approximately 750,000 hl.

Georges Duboeuf is the most popular producer of Beaujolais in the world and the number one French wine brand in the US. Georges currently represents over 400 winegrowers in the region. A self-made entrepreneur, he formed “Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf” in 1964, which he now oversees with his son, Franck. Today, Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf includes wines from Beaujolais, Mâconnais and Southern France. The wines are renowned for their quality, value and consistency. They are sold in 120 different countries. The wine is imported exclusively in the U.S. by W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd.

A website www.chilledred.com with information on Beaujolais Nouveau and arrival events around the U.S. will be available in early November.
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Georges Duboeuf is the most popular producer of Beaujolais in the world and the number one French wine brand in the U.S. Georges currently represents over 400 winegrowers in the region. A self-made entrepreneur, he formed “Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf” in 1964, which he now oversees with his son, Franck. Today, Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf includes wines from Beaujolais, Mâconnais and Southern France. The wines are renowned for their quality, value and consistency. They are sold in 120 countries throughout the world.

W.J. Deutsch & Sons was founded in 1981 by Chairman Bill Deutsch to market quality wines produced by prestigious families from major wine regions of the world. Deutsch’s wines are sold to the trade with well-planned marketing support and offered to U.S. consumers at fair market prices. Today the company is renowned for its brand building prowess and ability to identify and fill consumer niches within the wine category. Bill’s son Peter Deutsch is CEO; thus two generations of the Deutsch family work side by side in their continuous quest to build strong brands and relationships throughout the wine industry.

The W.J. Deutsch & Sons portfolio includes award-winning wines from: Australia; [yellow tail], [yellow tail] The Reserve, [yellow tail] Sparkling, California; Atlas Peak, Buena Vista Carneros, Esser Vineyards, Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery, Geyser Peak, XYZin, Kunde Estate, France; Andre Lurton, Georges Duboeuf, Hob Nob Vineyards, J. Vidal Fleury, Pierre Sparr, Sauvion et Fils, Idaho; Ste Chapelle, Italy; Barone Fini, Castello di Monastero, Coldisole, Poggio alle Sughere, Lionello Marchese, Villa Pozzi, New Zealand; The Crossings, Portugal; Quinta Do Vale Meao, Washington; Columbia Winery, Covey Run. For additional information about W.J. Deutsch & Sons please visit the company’s website at www.wjdeutsch.com.

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Beaujolais Biker Chefs and Sommeliers To Celebrate
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Arrival Thursday, November 20th

Corks will be popping on November 20th, along with a few wheelies, to celebrate the arrival of Georges Duboeuf’s 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau. A morning motorcycle procession of chefs and sommeliers led by Franck Duboeuf will deliver an inaugural case of Beaujolais Nouveau to David Bouley’s new restaurant, Secession, for a pre-lunch uncorking ceremony.

According to French law, Beaujolais Nouveau, a red wine made from 100 percent Gamay grapes, is released at one minute past midnight on the third Thursday in November. This longtime tradition is celebrated worldwide with creative “Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé!” events, from midnight pajama parties to cases of wine being delivered by celebrities.

Franck Duboeuf, heir apparent to Georges Duboeuf, the largest producer of Beaujolais in the world, will be joined by 20 “Beaujolais Bikers” including: Alain Allegretti, Allegretti; Jean-Claude Baker, Chez Josephine; Jean-Michel Bergougnoux, L’Absinthe; David Bouley, Secession; Heather Branch, Eighty One; R.J. Cooper, Vidalia, Washington, D.C.; Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan; Kevin Garcia, ‘Cesca; Johnny Iuzzini, Jean Georges; John Miele, Eighty One; Marc Murphy, Landmarc; Joseph Paulino, Café des Artistes; Francois Payard, Payard Patisserie & Bistro; Ron Pellizzi, Brooklyn Culinary Inc.; Kristie Petrullo, Restaurant Daniel; Joel Reiss, Artisanal; Gregory Pugin, Veritas; Cedric Tovar, Le Rouge Vif; Alex Ureña, Pamplona; and Jean Paul Zaremba, Colony Club, along with members of the local Harley Davidson “Hog Club.” They will be joined by William (Bill) Deutsch, Chairman and Peter Deutsch, CEO of W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., exclusive U.S. agent for Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf at an uncorking ceremony at Secession at 11:30 a.m.

New York is one of several cities where Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations will take place. In Miami Beach, Beaujolais Biker chefs and sommeliers will join Georges Duboeuf winemaker Stéphane Queralt for the arrival and uncorking ceremony. Paris Las Vegas hotel and Georges Duboeuf will present a Beaujolais Nouveau themed weekend starting with the lighting of the hotel’s Eiffel Tower Beaujolais red. For information and a schedule of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau events around the U.S. open to all wine aficionados, visit www.chilledred.com, (available early November).

Georges Duboeuf proclaims that this year’s vintage is expected to be full bodied and flavorful, noting “The 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau benefited from 20 days of brilliant sunshine the second half of September at the peak of harvest, resulting in very evenly ripened grapes of dazzling colors from deep red to shiny purple.” Duboeuf represents over 400 winegrowers in the region.

By law, Beaujolais Nouveau’s Gamay grapes must be harvested by hand. The wine’s easy drinkability is partially due to a production process called carbonic maceration, or whole berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the wine, without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins. The wine is bottled six weeks after harvest. Approximately one-third of the entire crop in the Beaujolais region is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau. A total of 65 million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau are expected to be consumed this year.

Beaujolais Nouveau is a refreshing and versatile wine that pairs well with casual foods and is a popular complement to Thanksgiving turkey and ham. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is priced at a reasonable $10 – $12 per bottle this year according to Bill Deutsch.

Georges Duboeuf is the most popular producer of Beaujolais in the world and the number one French wine brand in the U.S. A self-made entrepreneur, Georges formed “Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf” in 1964, which he now oversees with his son, Franck. Today, Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf includes wines from Beaujolais, Mâconnais and Southern France. The wines are renowned for their quality, value and consistency. They are sold in 120 different countries and W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd. is their U.S. Agent.

W.J. Deutsch & Sons was founded in 1981 by Chairman Bill Deutsch to market quality wines produced by prestigious families from major wine regions of the world. Deutsch’s wines are sold to the trade with well-planned marketing support and offered to U.S. consumers at fair market prices. Today the company is renowned for its brand building prowess and ability to identify and fill consumer niches within the wine category. Bill’s son Peter Deutsch is CEO; thus two generations of the Deutsch family work side by side in their continuous quest to build strong brands and relationships throughout the wine industry.

The W.J. Deutsch & Sons portfolio includes award-winning wines from: Australia; [yellow tail], [yellow tail] The Reserve, [yellow tail] Sparkling, California; Atlas Peak, Buena Vista Carneros, Esser Vineyards, Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery, Geyser Peak, XYZin, Kunde Estate, France; Andre Lurton, Georges Duboeuf, Hob Nob Vineyards, J. Vidal Fleury, Pierre Sparr, Sauvion et Fils, Idaho; Ste Chapelle, Italy; Barone Fini, Castello di Monastero, Coldisole, Poggio alle Sughere, Lionello Marchese, Villa Pozzi, New Zealand; The Crossings, Portugal; Quinta Do Vale Meao, Washington; Columbia Winery, Covey Run. For additional information about W.J. Deutsch & Sons please visit the company’s website at www.wjdeutsch.com.

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10 FACTS ABOUT BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU

1. By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is always released on the third Thursday in November.
2. Beaujolais is located in the region of Burgundy, France, where winemaking traces back to the Roman times. There are 3,600 Beaujolais growers in the region.
3. Beaujolais Nouveau is made from 100% Gamay grapes, which have thinner skins than most grapes, causing a lower tannin level.
4. By law, Beaujolais grapes must be harvested by hand and grown on individual, free standing vines.
5. Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, or whole berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the wine, without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.
6. Approximately 1/3 of the entire crop of the Beaujolais region is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau.
7. Although many Beaujolais wines are made to be drunk young, within 12 months of bottling, some of the Crus have excellent ageing potential, such as Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent.
8. Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be served slightly cool, at about 55°F which makes it even more refreshing and fruit forward than if you serve it at room temperature.
9. Beaujolais Nouveau pairs beautifully with a range of foods, from casual dishes to holiday dishes such as turkey and ham. Because of the timing of its release, Beaujolais Nouveau is widely known as the ideal wine to serve at Thanksgiving.
10. More than 65 million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau are expected to be consumed in the months following the wine’s release.
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GEORGES DUBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU EST ARRIVÉ !

We are pleased to present you with Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2008.
The wine will officially debut to the public Thursday, November 20th. ust in time for the holiday season!

A few points about this year’s Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau:

· By French law, this wine may be released at 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday in November. We are providing you with a special sample, prior to release, so you can taste and prepare any stories that you are working on about Beaujolais Nouveau.

· The harvest this year was optimum. Brilliant sunshine dominated the last 20 days of September, allowing for a late harvest in which the Gamay grapes achieved perfect balance. Yields are possibly the lowest since 1975; consequently the 2008 is a more full bodied, “winemaker’s vintage.”

· This year, in an unprecedented break from tradition, 75% of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau was delivered by ship from France to the U.S. instead of by air freight. According to Bill Deutsch, Chairman of W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf’s exclusive U.S. agent, this measure was intended to help offset the wine’s carbon footprint.

· The boat shipment also help offset an otherwise significant price increase due to rising fuel costs. Due to shipment by boat the wines will remain at a retail price of US$10-12 per bottle.

· Georges Duboeuf and W.J. Deutsch & Sons will hold “Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé!” celebratory events in New York, Miami and Las Vegas, as well as Duboeuf restaurant promotions in other cities. In New York and Miami, Beaujolais Bikers – chefs and sommeliers on motorcycles-will escort the wine to uncorking ceremonies.

· Paris Las Vegas will hold a weekend of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau events November 20-22 starting with the wine’s arrival by helicopter at one minute past midnight on November 20th.

· W.J. Deutsch & Sons has made donations to three hunger relief charities as part of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau launch: City Harvest, Citymeals-on-Wheels and Share Our Strength.

· For information on Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and events in your area open to the public, please visit our new website www.chilledred.com

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