11 Beaujolais Nouveaus for Thanksgiving

This year’s offerings of the cheerful, bright red are ready to drink.

It’s nouveau time. On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, more than one million bottles of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau flooded stores in the United States—just in time for Turkey Day.

The purple-hued, 100% Gamay bottlings hail from the namesake region south of Burgundy, and they positively scream Thanksgiving. They’re fruit-forward, lightweight and deliciously easy to drink. They’ve been prized dinner-table pours since leading Beaujolais producer Georges Duboeuf first sent the French wines stateside 39 years ago.

But how good is the 2014 vintage? While it’s not an excellent vinous experience, it’s good wine and a great excuse to celebrate the labor of vineyard workers and winemakers at the end of harvest.

Give thanks at the dinner table with these 11 bottlings, best served lightly chilled.

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87 Thorin 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais. With its joyous, bubbly red color and ripe fruits, this is a balanced and lively wine. It’s fresh, although with a light-structured character, full of cherry fruit flavors and fresh acidity at the end. Boisset Family Estates.
abv: 12%         Price: $12

87 Domaine de la Madone 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais Villages. This is a wine that’s not just bubbly and fruity, but also has weight and structure. It’s instantly drinkable, with a fine sense of balance. Michael Skurnik Wines.
abv: 12%         Price: $14

86 Antonin Rodet 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais. If Nouveau could be serious, this would be it. It has weight, a surprising amount of richness and a structured, tannic character. A perfect food wine, it has a natural bright fruit aftertaste. Boisset Family Estates.
abv: 12%         Price: $13

86 Henry Fessy 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais-Villages. Structured, smoky and full of black cherry flavors, this is a wine whose appellation of Villages brings out that extra bit of weight and richness. It’s still fruity and ready to drink, fresh and bubbly at the end. Louis Latour Inc.
abv: 12%         Price: N$14

86 Georges Duboeuf 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais Villages. Bright and ripe, this is a deliciously fruity wine. It’s lightly structured and has some weight. With its crisp acidity and dry core of tannins, it’s a wine to pair with many foods. Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits.
abv: 12%         Price: $12

86 Joseph Drouhin 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais. With lively cherry flavors, fresh acidity and a soft texture, this is a delicious, fruity wine. It has just a touch of dryness from the light tannins. The finish brings all the fruit and freshness together. Dreyfus Ashby.
abv: 12%         Price: $12

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85 Bouchard Aîné 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais. There’s some weight to this structured wine, possessing a light tannic structure as well as the bright red fruits you would expect. It’s drinkable now, especially with food. Boisset Family Estates.
abv: 12%         Price: $13

85 Henry Fessy 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais. The wine is ripe and fruity, with attractive red cherry flavors. It’s a wine that bursts with fresh acidity and light structure. Louis Latour Inc.
abv: 12%         Price: $12

85 Paul Durdilly 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais. Black cherries and a layer of tannin give this wine its structure. Fresher berry flavors and a burst of bright acidity give it the drink-me-now feel. Michael Skurnik Wines.
abv: 12%         Price: $13

84 Georges Duboeuf 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais. Banana notes are paired with red berry flavors to produce a wine that’s ripe and soft. It has vibrant acidity, a light tannic structure and a bright, cherry finish. Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits.
abv: 12%         Price: $11

84 Mommessin 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais. This light wine is full of fresh red fruits, bubbling with crisp acidity and bright berries. Not a complication in sight. It will be great served lightly chilled. Boisset Family Estates.
abv: 12%         Price: $13

Published on November 19, 2014