Unexpected Beaujolais Nouveau 2009

Casse crout Beaujolais Nouveau 2009When he handed me the bread, and I realized that it was warm, I thought, “this is too good to be true”.

How can you have a Beaujolais nouveau day without a glass (or three) of Beaujolais? Someone with some power at SNCF (French national railroad) must have been thinking about this, or else it was Goeroges Duboeuf himself who had the idea: serve a Beaujolais Nouveau ‘formule’ on the trains to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau. For 6.10 €, you get a little bottle of Beaujolais, a ‘platter’ of charcuterie (cold cuts), warm bread and butter. Isn’t life delicious?

The 2009 Beaujolais is phenomenal. Dense. Black raspberry, black cherry fruit, incredibly smooth tannins and yet still that fabulous intrinsically typical acidity of Gamay that was simply made to go with pork. Its only defect is that it is almost too ‘serious’. This is one of the greatest vintages in Beaujolais in a lifetime.

And on top of it all, I was in a train bound for Bordeaux! Duboeuf may not be taking the pricing drugs that the Bordelaise are taking, but he sure knows how to deliver a delicious glass of wine with the appropriate food!


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