Is inexpensive Beaujolais more than the annual Nouveau release? The answer, thankfully, is yes.
I stumbled across this wine, sold by a reasonably well-known Burgundy negociant, while looking for red Burgundy. Since it was $11, I figured it work as a comparison with this year’s Nouveau. There was no comparison.
The Jaboulet is typical entry level Beaujolais – light, fruity (black cherries, perhaps?), low in alcohol and not much in the way of acid or tannins. As such, it’s exactly the kind of wine to drink with dinner. But it was also a much more interesting wine, at more or less the same price, as this year’s Nouveau, and didn’t taste gimmicky. In fact, try a blind tasting, comparing this wine (or any Beaujolais-Villages) with the Nouveau. The difference is easy to spot, even for beginners.