Domaine de Cornillac Beaujolais Nouveau 2020
Note: This item is available for pick up starting Thursday, November 19
Beaujolais Nouveau is one of the best and worst traditions in wine. While meant to be a festive fall celebration it became over-commercialized and the wine over-produced by large negociants. Cornillac is a small domaine of about 20 acres in the south of Beaujolais with vines up to 70 years old. This is not your average commercial banana flavored young red wine, but an experience of what the tradition of drinking the first wine of the season was meant to be.
What is Beaujolais Nouveau? Here's a quick primer: Beaujolais used to (and sometimes still does) undergo a technique known as carbonic maceration. Rather than destemming and crushing the grapes as is standard now the winery will retain the full clusters and put them into a closed top tank full of carbon dioxide. Enzymes in the grape will begin to ferment the berries from the inside out and some will burst open. Young wine will collect at the bottom of the tank from these busted grapes. This is then drained and becomes Beaujolais Nouveau while the wine still inside of the intact berries will be pressed and become Beaujolais proper.
Now enjoy this fun tradition on the 3rd Thursday of November and forget about it until 2021!