The reputation of Beaujolais Nouveau is being transformed by a new generation of talent following in the footsteps of natural wine godfather Jules Chauvet. Farmed without chemicals and made with just as much care as their Cru Beaujolais bottles, these Nouveau wines have a freshness and purity of fruit only found in the best Gamays.
Reviving vineyards once farmed by Chauvet, Christophe Pacalet supplements fruit from his domaine with grapes sourced from an array of old sites across Fleurie, Chiroubles, Moulin-à-Vent, Saint-Amour, and Juliénas. A nephew of Marcel Lapierre, Christophe proves that winemaking runs in his blood with his perfumed and crunchy Nouveau.
After apprenticing at Domaine Paul Janin in Moulin-à-Vent, Philippe Viet established his own domaine in Villié-Morgon in 2019, where he farms 5ha of 50-year-old vines across lieu-dits in Régnié, Fleurie, and Morgon. His wines offer sensual floral aromatics and juicy characteristics on the palate, and Nouveau ‘Le Clown’ is no exception.
Cousin of Fleurie’s Jean-Louis Dutraive, Rémi Dufaitre has worked the slopes around Saint-Etienne des Ouillières on the border of Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly since 2006. Mentored by his neighbour Jean Foillard, Rémi’s wines are firm favourites in Paris’ natural wine scene. With wild strawberry and herbal lift, his Nouveau is total refreshment.
Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!
Christophe Pacalet Beaujolais Nouveau 2023 (£23) Sold out
Lifted and crunchy – cherries, currants, pepper.
Philippe Viet Beaujolais Nouveau 'Le Clown' 2023 (£23) Sold out
Peonies, roses, and bright red berries – summer in a glass.
Rémi Dufaitre Beaujolais Nouveau 2023 (£23) Sold out
Vibrant with wild strawberries and fresh mint.
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