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Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 [Georges Duboeuf] — THE Review: Tangy, Taut, Mature But Still Fruity; Easy To Enjoy.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. It is GOOD. No issues. Nothing negative. All positive. 2020 Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 (from Georges Duboeuf) is a BRIGHT SPOT in this unusual year.

It is quite tangy (on the first sip). That is the tannin. Tannin is a trademark of red wines in general, & Beaujolais Nouveau in particular. So, that is not a bad thing. I could smell the tanginess in the bouquet. I like the bite of tannin, so this was a PLUS in my book.

Robust, deep & TAUT giving it a mature feel. Yes, there is a nice, lingering berry-flavored aftertaste. All good. Of course, it is a full-bodied wine. A deep red.

If you like reds you will relish this. Easy to like.

It is NOT a sweet, light — flippant — wine. It is NOT meant to be.

I think it is a winner. I will drink all 4 bottles of my current batch with pleasure. I most likely will buy a few more.

I got to the Rochester (NH) Liquor Store just after 1pm. From what I could see only two bottles had been sold. This years price is $12.99. WOW. Up $2 from last year. It wasn’t that long ago that it was $7.99. SMILE. C’est la vie.

It is worth $12.99. SMILE.

Enjoy.

Cheers.


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by Anura Guruge

Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 [Georges Duboeuf] — THE Review: Very Fruity, Much Milder, Tangy But V. Smooth; Extremely Pleasant.

by Anura Guruge


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Anura Guruge November 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau


By far the fruitiest it has been in many years. That is NOT a bad thing. Feels very organic, makes you one with the earth. Yes, of course, there is the tanin but the fruitiness distracts from it — one could even say overpowers it. That, to I, is the highlight of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 — it is noticeably ‘fruity’. That is GOOD. Makes it very easy and pleasant on the palate. You might have to be careful. It is, from what I can see, extremely easy to imbibe.

When I opened the bottle there wasn’t much of a bouquet. That worried me slightly, but it was unnecessary. This is a decent Beaujolais Nouveau.

It is probable that wine connoisseurs will scoff it as being too sweet and ‘mellow’. C’est la vie. This is Beaujolais Nouveau, and by definition it does not set out to be pretentious. It is $10.99 a bottle this year. Not sure whether it has, again, gone up a $1 since last year. It wasn’t that long ago when it was $7.99. But, at $10.99 it is NOT BAD — actually it is quite good.

I like it. But, I am not a poseur. I have simple, humble tastes that becomes and befits my humble roots and modest circumstances. SMILE. I am not into indulging in $60 bottles of wine.

I like a wine that is congenial. Wine that doesn’t demand — cry out for — attention. Alas, I rarely have time for social drinking! I imbie while I am writing or watching cricket on TV. I want my wine to be pleasing but not be the center of attention. This Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 does that. It is a very congenial, convivial wine. I love it.

I know that the 5 bottles I got will be gone soon. That will not be a problem.

I like it, I like it a lot. It is very easy on the palate and gentle on your well-being. It is pleasant and silky. That fruitiness is near ‘priceless’.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. SMILE.

Cheers.


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by Anura Guruge

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 — THE Review: Richy, Velvety & Robust; Piques The Palate.

by Anura Guruge


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I was hooked on it after the second sip. Rich, velvety and robust. I am a habitual red wine drinker and this comes across as a wine punching well above its weight.

It does belies its newness; it comes across as more cultured than what one expects from a Nouveau.

It definitely is reminiscent of the Beaujolais Nouveaus from the last few years and that is not a bad thing (at all) since we lucked out in those years.

I would, indubitably, call this a ‘GOOD ONE’.

Last year’s was a good and this, to I, seems marginally better. A touch of unexpected velvetiness that makes it feel rich and fulfilling.

I like it. I like it a lot.

Georges Duboeuf yet again appears to have done us proud.

Yes, of course, it has the tannin that it is supposed to — which makes it tart and ‘tight’. But, that goes with the territory so to speak. If it wasn’t tart it would not be a Beaujolais Nouveau.

Yes, it also has a very pleasant fruity aroma. A touch of berries.

As is my wont I made a special trip and bought four bottles. Yes, the price has gone up again — by a dollar, I think. Not much in the overall scheme of things, but still a shame. Keeping it under $10 made it feel like a bargain.

Bottom Line: a very decent wine that is punching well above its weight.

You really should try it out.

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau 2018.

Cheers.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 — THE Review: Bitingly Tart, Lingering & Aromatic — Another ‘Keeper’.

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Do NOT judge it on your first sip! {Smile} Give it a few sips and a few minutes.

Yes, your initial, overriding reaction is likely to be that it is TART. Yes, it is. But, tartness, from the tannin, is a hallmark of Beaujolais Nouveau. I guess it has to do with its ‘newness’.

Marked tartness has been a feature of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last 4-years. Of course I can’t tell you, exactly, whether the 2017 is more tart than what was the 2014.

In these reviews, which I have now done for a few years, totally on my own dime (without ANY help or interaction, whatsoever from Georges Duboeuf), I set out to be totally upfront. There is no reason for me to sugarcoat anything.

So, here we go.

The tartness grew on me — i.e., after a few sips I kind of liked it. It is a lingering tartness.

More aromatic than last year’s — I am sure.

Not bad at all, at all — after the first few sips.

It is, as was last year’s, a rather robust red. Very bold and in your palette. Those that like a full-bodied red will have no issues with it. Those with a more ‘delicate’ palette may find it too ‘in your face’.

Definite keeper — as has been the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last few years.

I am looking forward to my 2nd half-glass.

Once you get used to its tartness it goes down WELL.

I am happy.

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau 2017.

I will write another review after I have drunk a bottle — which will be by tomorrow. {Smile}

Cheers.


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by Anura Guruge

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 — THE Review: Tart & Robust, But Congenial & Easy On The Palate.

by Anura Guruge


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 is ANOTHER keeper — thought that is really a misnomer since it would be incredibly hard not to drink any and all bottles of this very robust, mature wine.

Yes, it is SLIGHTLY more TART than what we had in 2015 & 2014. And by ‘tart’ I am referring to the level of ‘tannin’. But, it is definitely not unpleasant, or at least will not be for those that are accustomed to drinking ‘adult’ red wine, especially from France or Italy.

It is, as you would hope, fruity and earthy. ‘Heavy’ but in a very nice way. Slightly pungent to the nose, but that has to do with the tannin. Will definitely appeal to red wine drinkers. It is a wine that will make you ‘THINK’. Raise your eyebrows in wonder and APPRECIATION. A mature wine. An adult wine. Maybe not for those that like delicate, sweet wines. Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to have tannin, be fruity and be ‘heavy’. And the 2016 Georges Duboeuf is definitely that.

I like it. Definitely two thumbs up.

I bought 4 bottles to start with. I just finished my first ‘full’ glass as I wrote this. I will have to go and get a bit more. I like it.

We have been luck with the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last few years. They have all been GOOD.

Definitely give the 2016 a TRY, IF you like red wine. You will be glad you did.

I am very pleased with the 2016. Yes, the price has gone up again. Not sure whether that was justified. Some will claim that this is NOT a $10.99 red wine. And they may be right. But, Beaujolais Nouveau isn’t just about the wine. It is also about the OCCASION. The chance to indulge, the chance to imbibe.

My recommendation, provided that you are a red wine drinker, is for you to get at least one bottle of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016. I know you will not be disappointed. This is a ‘keeper’ and my that what I mean is that it is a ‘DRINKER’. {SMILE}

Cheers. Enjoy.


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Panasonic Lumix LX100 — One Month Review With 2,300 Pictures Taken.

by Anura Guruge


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taken with my LX100 during the last 2 week.

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It has been exactly a month since I got my Panasonic Lumix LX100. I have enjoyed using it. Exactly what I wanted — a camera with full manual control with dedicated dials for Exposure Compensation and Shutter Speed. It has taken some great pictures — though I am still learning how to use it and haven’t had the time to read the instruction manual nor the book I got from Amazon! But, to be fair much of the camera’s operation is similar to that of my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 so I did have a head start. I have, as it says in the title, taken 2,300 usable photographs with it — and that is with me NOT using it everyday since I also use the FZ100.

This camera is a keeper. Deanna has already indicated that she will have it when I, as is inevitable, will decide to upgrade.

I got a great deal on the camera. In the end I ended up paying just $630 for the camera (along with a throwaway kit). I might get another $13 off that also because the credit card I used has a ‘Price Rewind’ feature and I think I can find a camera on Amazon for $617. For $630 it was one heck of a bargain — but then again I get these discounts because I go through a lot of cameras. I think this was the 5th or 6th camera I have bought since August 2015, though I only keep 2 cameras at any one time (not counting the cameras that Deanna and the kids have).

My only major concern about the LX100 is the White Balance. But I can live with that. It is also produces funky colors and gets a tad temperamental when I use it outside in cold weather BUT to be fair the specs. do say that the operating temperature is ABOVE freezing — and I do use it when it is colder than that (which is not unusual for New Hampshire winter).

Yes, I would like slightly more zoom (and I try not to use Digital Zoom). The electronic viewfinder (EVF) leaves a bit to be desired. Though I don’t articulate my LCD that often it would be nice to have the capability.

Yes, there is talk of a follow-up, i.e., the Panasonic LX200. Would I get it. Probably … because I am a sucker for new technology. SMILE.

But for now DEFINITELY ‘Two Thumbs’ up. A keeper. A winner. Thanks Panasonic.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2015 — THE Review: Velvet Smooth. Yes, Fruity & Very PLEASANT.

Cheers.

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I could be wrong but I detect a similarity with the Beaujolais Nouveau of 2014 and that is NOT a bad thing because the 2014 was a keeper.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2015 has a very fruity aroma. Very inviting. Kind of begging you to taste it.

Rich velvety color. Again extremely beteckning.

WOW! The first sip. Rich in flavor. Fills your whole mouth. Yes, fruity and tart. Sweet, but not that sweet. A biting, edgy sweet. Raspberry? Definitely not strawberry.

Yes, you can feel the tannin BUT in the case of Beaujolais Nouveau you are supposed to.

Yes, there is a definite aftertaste but that too is par for the course.

It goes down EFFORTLESSLY. You could drink a lot of this with relish, hardly noticing that you are imbibing in quantity.

Yes, another keeper. I can’t see much of a difference from last year. To I that is GOOD.

Georges Duboeuf has increased the price by another $1. So now we are at $10.99. Yes, it is worth it.

I like it. My biggest problem is going to control my intake. Yes, I could easily drink a couple of bottles of this now. But I won’t and I can’t. I did buy half a dozen. I will keep at least one for Thanksgiving.

Bottom line. Very good. Very pleasant. A Keeper.

Cheers.

Oh. I bought the 6 bottles from the NH Liquor Outlet in Concord. The main one just below Main Street, next to ‘Burlington Coat Factory‘.




Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012: Review By Professional Pretty Close To My Assessment


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012:
Fruity, Tangy, Fragrant & Light. A Keeper. A Winner

Nov. 14, 2012.

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Yes, of course, there will be those (including my dear wife) that will readily and gladly quip that given the many, many, many gallons of wine I have consumed over the years, I couldn’t help but be an expert of sorts, I was amused and pleased that a professional came to much the same conclusion as me re. the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012. To be honest, I haven’t read a wine review in over a decade, and even then wine reviews were not something I read often given that I really bought or drank any ‘fancy’ wine. I had very pedestrian, though pragmatic criteria: it had to be wet and not too acidic. I am easy to please. I am enjoying my 2nd glass f the 2012 Nouveau as I write. It really is a pleasant, unobtrusive wine — as such ideal for writing with; i.e., lubricant for the rusty old brain.

Cheers.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012: Fruity, Tangy, Fragrant & Light. A Keeper. A Winner.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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The bottle that I bought at the NH Liquor Store in Wolfeboro, NH at 7:15pm on November 15, 2012, Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012. Click to ENLARGE.

Uncorked and waiting my indulgence. It was well worth it. Click to ENLARGE.


As promised, I went to the NH Liquor Store in Wolfeboro, NH, this evening, Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012, around 7:15 pm, and bought a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau. They only had the Georges Duboeuf and it was $9.99 as I had previously reported. At 7:15 pm I was the FIRST to buy a bottle from that store! More later on that.


The 2012 Georges Duboeuf is a quintessential Beaujolais Nouveau, in my opinion! Rejoice. It is fruity and aromatic. It is pleasantly tart, but that morphs quickly into a refreshing tanginess. It does not let you forget that it came from plump, purple grapes. You can feel the grapes, but in the nicest possible way. If you linger you can visualize the skins. It reminds you of eating grapes.

It is ultra palatable. It is extremely light. Even airy. Very easy to drink, with savour. Those that find reds ‘heavy’ should like this 2012. The ‘lightness’ is something to watch for in a Beaujolais Nouveau. It is expected to be that. If it comes across with flavor, as the 2012 does, you have a winner.

So, I am impressed. I only drank half a glass. I was tempted to have more. But, I refrained.

I wholeheartedly recommend this Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012.


I did not get a chance to get to a Liquor Store till 7:15 pm this evening. I did go to the local Hannaford in Alton this afternoon but they didn’t have any Beaujolais Nouveau though they did have the Yellow Tail Shiraz at $5.99 a bottle. I bought one. I like the Yellow Tail Shiraz.

So at 7:15 pm, on a Thursday night, I visited the quite large, well laid out and well lit NH Liquor Store in Wolfeboro, NH. I was the only customer.

I found the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012 display. Three cases stacked on top of each other, the top case slashed open to show the bottles.

No sign. No price!

The opened case was full! I asked the girl. Yes, I was the first to buy a bottle! That is a shame.

I suspect the 2012 will go on sale for $7.99 within the month. I will buy a few then.

Till then, get a bottle. ENJOY. Cheers.