Letter to The Editor

We take exception to the recent column by Roger Voss titled ‘ Crisis in Beaujolais ‘.

While we think we know what Mr. Voss was trying to convey, his article is extremely misleading.

Mr. Voss ties in 2002 Beaujolais Nouveau with remaining stocks of unsold 2001 Beaujolais (not nouveau) which are unsold due to quality issues.

The true fact is that the remaining stocks of 2001 normal Beaujolais that are poor in quality have been set aside to be either destroyed or turned into industrial alcohol. This measure was taken by the U.I.V.B to preserve the good name of Beaujolais and has nothing to do with Beaujolais Nouveau.

To tie into one sentence the 2002 Beaujolais Nouveau with 2001 wines is just not true and misleading, and should be corrected.

We ask that Mr. Voss make this correction immediately so your readers have a true picture of the situation.

Mr. Voss is right on concerning the decision by Mr. Duboeuf to build his own winery to insure quality control.

Quality has always been Mr. Duboeuf’s foremost concern and his new winery will be supplied with grapes grown under strict supervision from his oenologists to further insure


Yale Sager
Winesellers, Ltd.

Roger Voss responds

I am sorry if Mr Sager feels that the story about Beaujolais was misleading. I was of course referring only to the wines from the 2001 vintage which had been withdrawn for distillation. I was not referring to the Beaujolais Nouveau of 2001, and certainly not to the Beaujolais Nouveau of 2002. I am happy to have a chance to make this clarification.

All the reports coming out of Beaujolais suggest that 2002 is an exceptional vintage. Comparisons have already been made with 1995, which was an historic vintage in Beaujolais. Beaujolais Nouveau release day is November 21, and, in Paris, in a first, McDonald’s will be pouring the wine at its Champs-Elysées restaurant. That sounds to me like a great excuse for a celebration.

Published on November 1, 2002
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