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Beaujolais Nouveau 2016

C'est l'heure du Beaujolais! It's Beaujolais time! 
As tradition requires, let’s celebrate once again the French annual grape harvest by uncorking countless bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau! :)

Beaujolais [Boe-zjoh-lay] Nouveau is always released on the third Thursday of November, regardless of the start of the harvest. New Zealand is therefore one of the first countries in the world to taste it each year!

On Friday 18 November, from 6.30pm at Alliance Française, 913 Colombo street, join us to participate to one of our biggest events of the year and enjoy French culture with music and games, delicious cheese and charcuterie platters to share (French sausage "saucisson", French pâté, cheese, cornichon, traditional French baguette from our partners Maison Vauron and CCM ASSURANCE

Ticket holders will enjoy two glasses of Beaujolais nouveau, some french delicacies, and a chance to win some prizes from various partners including So French Brocante

You can also order and purchase your own bottle of Beaujolais and your own saucisson at a reduced rate with us. Contact us on
Tickets are now available for purchase at the Alliance Française Christchurch reception. You can book your place to

Entry: $15 members | $20 non members | Bookings essential | R18 event

Buy your tickets here:

Fun Facts About Beaujolais Nouveau

  • Beaujolais Nouveau originated about a century ago as a cheap locally-produced drink to celebrate the end of the harvest season.
  • The new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau is released the third Thursday of November.
  • According to a French law passed in 1985, Beaujolais Nouveau may not be released earlier than the third Thursday of November.
  • Japan is the world’s largest importer of Beaujolais Nouveau. Germany is second and the United States is third.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau is a young wine, only 6 weeks old.
  • Gamay is the only grape permitted for Beaujolais wine.
  • All the grapes in the Beaujolais region must be picked by hand. Champagne vineyards are the only other vineyards where hand harvesting is mandatory.
  • Practically tannin-free, it is fruity and light-bodied, making it a very easy-to-drink red wine.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to carbonic maceration, which involves preserving the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau can only be made from grapes coming from the appellations of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages.
  • Approximately 1/3 of the entire crop of the Beaujolais region is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau.
  • Top producers of Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau include: Georges Duboeuf, Domaine Yvon Metras, Jean-Paul Thevenet, and Louis Jadot. Georges Duboeuf and Louis Jadot are most common in the United States.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau is best to be consumed within the first year of release and is not intended for aging. It's commonly suggested to consume by the following May.
  • Best served slightly chilled, Beaujolais Nouveau is versatile and food-friendly, making it a popular choice for Thanksgiving dinners.
  • In France, Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated with fireworks, music and festivals.
  • There are 120+ Beaujolais Nouveau related festivals held in the Beaujolais region.