Get to know: Dom. de la Couvette, Beaujolais Nouveau 2023
Beaujolais Nouveau is all about fun. Light and juicy wines bursting with ripe red berry fruit. This also has a little spicy, earthy notes and a lovely smooth minerality. A wine to be enjoyed lightly chilled with friends over some cheese or charcuterie.
The label was designed by the winemaker Gautier Marion and was inspired by a trip shared with his mum earlier this year, in Cappadocia, Turkey when they witnessed a sky filled with hot air balloons.
"Beaujolais Nouveau was traditionally made to celebrate the end of the harvest. Released on the third Thursday of November, this is always a light, fruity wine and is about as fresh a juice as you'll ever taste. Simple uncomplicated and fun to drink."
Gautier Marion is the fifth generation of the family to manage Domaine de la Couvette, tucked into the gently undulating countryside of Southern Beaujolais.
If you could picture what a quintessentially small french producer should look like then Gautier's property would come very close. He takes great pride in making wines in the traditional carbonic macerated style using his trusty, old concrete vats, which he uses to age the wines as well. Respecting not only the winemaking traditions, but also their 11 hectares of land and the vines that are up to 50 years old, they demonstrate their commitment by making a fully organic Beaujolais.
The carbonic maceration takes around four days. The grapes are slowly pressed and a cold and traditional vinification is carried out with only the native yeasts. Fermented and aged in cement tanks, before a light and gentle filtration.