NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today wine enthusiasts across the country rejoice as the first bottles of award-winning Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 arrive in the United States. Four days before the official arrival more than 100 wine experts gathered in France for The Lyon-Beaujolais Nouveau Trophy, the only official Beaujolais Nouveau competition in the world, organized in partnership with the Association of French Oenologists from the Burgundy Central-East Region and Inter Beaujolais. Measured against nearly 400 other samples, the 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau were awarded the coveted Gold Medal.
Since this French wine first came to the U.S. in 1982, Beaujolais Nouveau Day has been an annual celebration to honor the end of harvest and offer the first taste of the new vintage. Released at 12:01 am on the third Thursday in November per French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is a bright, flavorful red wine made from the Gamay grape.
The 2014 label is reminiscent of the lush Beaujolais vineyards and bright colors of the harvest. The wine is harmonious with well-balanced flavors bringing a harvest-to-table freshness to any holiday gathering.
"The 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau is a ruby red color with crimson halos and delicate notes of red berry, which gradually develop into notes of blueberry and black currant," said winemaker Georges Duboeuf. "After tasting and analyzing more than 5,700 samples of wine, we are happy to report that the 2014 vintage is full-bodied and delightfully rich with structure reminiscent of the 2011 vintage, which was an exceptional year."
To celebrate this year's Beaujolais Nouveau Day, second generation winemaker Franck Duboeuf uncorked the first bottles at a midnight party at New York City's Tribeca Rooftop, which was transformed into the vineyards and market squares of Beaujolais. Guests danced to live jazz, enjoyed French fare and counted down to the official arrival of Nouveau. The festivities continue throughout the country with the French-American Chamber of Commerce at harvest-themed parties in cities across the country including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle among others.
Retailing at $10.99 nationwide, the 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau complements an abundance of holiday dishes, from savory roasts to cranberry sauce. Serve this year's Nouveau between 62°F - 66°F, which is just slightly cooler than room temperature, to enhance the aromas and fruit flavors.
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About Les Vins Georges Duboeuf
Georges Duboeuf is a premium producer of award-winning French wines from the Beaujolais and Maconnais regions of Burgundy and the South of France. Georges Duboeuf is the #1 selling brand of Beaujolais in the world and the world's highest scoring French wine brand under $20, according to Wine Advocate (2009-2013).
Georges Duboeuf's love affair with Beaujolais is no secret. His legendary palate, his ability to spot great wine and his enthusiasm continue to make him an emblematic figure in the wine industry. His wines are renowned for their consistency, quality and value. Georges Duboeuf currently works closely with hundreds of wine growers (over 400 in the Beaujolais region alone) to ensure the highest quality fruit from each region. They are sold in 120 countries throughout the world.
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf are imported by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits.
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