Red, white and new: Beaujolais

I have seen the light. I am a convert, a changed man. Say it however you like – the simple fact is that Beaujolais has made me rethink my attitude towards red wine on hot days.

My natural inclination is to reach for red wine in winter and white in summer.

But last weekend proved a turning point for me. Brighton was sizzling, and tourists and locals alike careered around the streets as though suffering from sun stroke.

A break from the bustle at my favourite wine bar, Ten Green Bottles, seemed the answer. Comfortable armchairs by the window had just come free. It was all going swimmingly.

I was about to order a glass of Chablis when the barman suggested a Beaujolais instead. It came lightly chilled, he insisted.

Maybe the sun had affected me too – contrary to every bone in my body, I said yes.

The result was perfect for the occasion. Made using gamay noir, the wine has enough bite to keep it interesting but not so much that you need a hearty steak to go with it. I liked it enough to feel it, er, warranted a second glass.

So, red wine is good in summer, after all.

Rosé wine, of course, remains an abomination that should be banned, but that’s another story.

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9 thoughts on “Red, white and new: Beaujolais

  1. mmmmm…… me love red!

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  2. Hi – agree that wine is about horses for courses and some light reds are the business chilled. However, you must have been drinking the wrong roses! Pop along to twentyonewines in Brighton and take a risk on a clos rocailleux braucol rose or better still come and visit us! Have fun with the 2nd half of your French year.

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  3. Hi
    apropos red wine in summer, it seems acceptable in the deep South of the Roussillon to serve red wines chilled, Gamay & Carignan-syrah’s work well like this

    Sometimes a rose is ok and sometimes you need the heft of a red
    I am no wine expert so just an opinion,
    We didn’t really drink rose till we bought the French hovel but fairly keen now

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  4. If you want to give your taste-buds something to sing about, head down to the Corbières and into the tiny village of Embres Castlemaure to the cave. I moved to France in 2007 and have had more than a few different wines over the years. However, these are special.

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