Beaujolais Nouveau 2022 in Paris
The Beaujolais Nouveau festival is an unmissable event in the world of wine that attracts more and more followers. Every year, the 3rd Thursday of November marks the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau on our tables. Thanks to Tootbus, combine cultural visits and wine tasting with the Paris Discovery Tour.
What is the Beaujolais Nouveau?
Beaujolais Nouveau, also known as Beaujolais primeur, is a famous French appellation red wine. Packaged before the 1st of December of each month, it is sold freshly fermented, just after it leaves the vat. Beaujolais Nouveau is produced between Lyon and Mâcon, in the heart of the Beaujolais and Beaujolais-villages appellations d'origine contrôlée.
Made from the single grape variety Gamay noir, Beaujolais Nouveau is best enjoyed at around 14°C with a platter of cold meats and cheeses. Each Beaujolais Nouveau has a unique flavour, sometimes tasting of banana, red fruit or hazelnut.
Beaujolais Nouveau is expected not only in France but also abroad. In the 1980s, it conquered North America, Japan and China. Today, it is enjoyed in a total of 110 countries.
What is the history of Beaujolais Nouveau?
Between 1951 and 1967, the date of release of Beaujolais Nouveau changed considerably. On 8 September 1951, a national decree stipulated that the wines could not be sold before 15 December of the year of the harvest.
The Beaujolais winegrowers protested against this decree and asked to sell their wines exclusively before this famous date of 15 December. With the help of the Beaujolais Winegrowers' Union, their request became a reality, as on November 13, 1951, an administrative note specified that certain wines could be sold before the official date of December 15.
From 1967 onwards, the date for the sale of Beaujolais Nouveau was set at 15 November. Since 1985, Beaujolais Nouveau has been released every third Thursday in November. This year, Beaujolais Nouveau arrives on Thursday 17 November 2022.
Where to drink Beaujolais Nouveau?
To enjoy the Beaujolais Nouveau, discover our selection of addresses in Paris among the typical restaurants of French gastronomy.
The restaurant Les Noces de Jeannette is located in the centre of Paris, in the 2nd arrondissement, opposite the Opéra Comique, on the corner of the Grands Boulevards and near the Opéra Garnier. This historic restaurant has 5 lounges where you can enjoy traditional French cuisine with local products and a rich wine list.
Le Mesturet is a traditional Parisian bistro, established in the heart of Paris, between the Opera and the Louvre Museum. This restaurant offers French cuisine that combines authenticity and creativity, with dishes made from fresh products processed on the spot and cooked according to culinary rules. The decor is made of exposed stones and antique objects. The restaurant is located near the Tootbus stop 1 - Printemps / Galerie Lafayette.
La Bonne Franquette is a historic restaurant located in Montmartre, near the Sacré-Cœur and the Place du Tertre. This restaurant keeps the Montmartre tradition alive. Between gaiety, conviviality, welcoming artists, wine growers and lovers of good wine, La Bonne Franquette remains true to its motto "Aimer, Manger, Boire et Chanter" (Love, Eat, Drink and Sing). This restaurant is a change of scenery for tourists and Parisians alike, with its typical atmosphere and village-like setting typical of the old Montmartre.
Find all the necessary information on the Beaujolais Nouveau website.
To stay in a winegrowing atmosphere, we advise you to stroll through the streets of Montmartre. While strolling, you can discover the vines still present in this picturesque district of Paris.