(photo credit: (Lucas Schifres, Bloomberg))
Beaujolais Nouveau is with us again! At just past midnight on November 18, the
major importers and wine stores in Israel will start parties launching the first
new Beaujolais wines from the 2010 harvest.
This custom first began in
Israel with the launch of a wine called Hilulim, produced by Carmel in 1983-4,
which continued for over 20 years. Today there are three Israeli wineries that
produce a young dry red wine in the young, fruity style of a Beaujolais, from
the recently completed harvest: Binyamina, Golan Heights and
will be launching a Beaujolais-style wine for the sixth
successive year. Its wine is called B 2010. This wine, with an attractive red
label and screw cap, is made for early and easy drinking. It is made 100% from
Carignan grapes. The B stands for Baby, but could also be interpreted as the B
of Binyamina or Beaujolais.
The Golan Gamay Nouveau 2010
is the most
authentic. It is made from the Gamay Noir grape variety, which is the same as is
used in Beaujolais, and also uses the same carbonic maceration process. The wine
will be attractively decorated with four different labels of people who were the
first in their fields.Tishbi Winery
will be launching their Beaujolais
style called Tishbi Junior 2010, which is made from Carignan grapes from owner
Yonatan Tishbi’s own vineyards. Carignan may not be the grape of
Beaujolais, but it is the most Israeli choice possible, and a grape suitable for
the Beaujolais style of wine.
In actual fact neither of these is the
first wine to be launched from the 2010 harvest. The first wine released
is the Golan Moscato 2010 and the Young Selected Moscato 2010; however, the
Beaujolais tradition is for light red wines and there will be a choice of three
good-value Israeli options, priced between NIS 29 and NIS 35, to celebrate with
on November 19.
Adam Montefiore works for Carmel Winery and regularly writes about wine both in Israeli and international publications.