‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day’ is held on the third Thursday of November every year. As it is a treasured French tradition, at Four Frogs we will of course, be honouring it. Apart from offering the red wine, we are also celebrating with a matching galette that was created with the notes of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau in mind.
Beaujolais Nouveau is made from Gamay grapes from the Beaujolais region. It is the law in France that these grapes must be hand-harvested for the wine (we know, we take our wine seriously!) The special wine is fermented for just a few weeks until it goes on sale at 12.01 am on the third Thursday of November.
The wine is made via a process called carbonic maceration. This produces a wine that is low in tannins and bitterness, fresh, smooth and fruity. The wine usually has a purple-pink hue which indicates it’s short fermentation period and is best consumed chilled and soon after it is produced. The odd feature of the Beaujolais Nouveau compared to other wines is that it does not benefit from ageing and tastes most delicious soon after production.
The tasting notes of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau are expectedly fruit-forward with cherry, blueberry and raspberry jam being the top notes with more subtle hints of anise and tobacco. It has been fermented for 5 to 6 days, can be cellared for 1 to 2 years and pars well with chicken, fish and ham.
Available from 21st November to 5th December
Available from 15th November to 5th December
Beaujolais Nouveau Matching Galette: Olive tapenade, goat cheese, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and prosciutto $18
Add matching Beaujolais Nouveau glass +$10
The assertive flavour profile of the goat cheese, olive tapenade and sun dried tomatoes balance well the sweet and strong berry and stone fruit notes of the Beaujolais Nouveau. Salty prosciutto rounds out the flavour profile to create a more complex experience.
Mango Crêpe: Fresh mangoes, whipped cream, crushed pistachio and mix berry coulis $15
Rosé Piscine: French sparkling rosé served over ice. $12