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Beaujolais Nouveau 2021 from the Maison Piron. Photo courtesy Maison Piron. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

France is gearing up for that fun time of year that is the Beaujolais Nouveau time when athe fruity wines of the Beaujolais region are enjoyed in the same year in which the grapes were harvested (by hand) and vinified according to a special method, maceration and only maceration. This is a wine to be enjoyed for the sheer pleasure of its fresh and fruity flavor. The Maison Piron is getting ready for the event which kicks off on the third Thursday of November— this year the 18th — as it has since the 1950s. So the Maison Piron is getting ready to release its Beaujolais Nouveau 2021 made of grapes of this year’s harvest that have been grown in the sought after sandy clay-limestone soils of the region and perfect with cold cuts or fresh goat milk cheese. Meanwhile the Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2021 is made with grapes from the best « villages » or parcels of the Beaujolais vineyard that are characterized by their soils of granite. Highly recommended as an aperitif or paired with with grilled meats, the house suggests keeping it for a year to discover the unique result.

Beaujolais Nouveau Villages 2021 from the Maison Piron. Photo courtesy Maison Piron. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The house is family-owned and a member of the confidential Vignobles et Signatures (Vineyards and Signatures) club of wine and spirit producers that are all family-owned. The Piron family is one of the major players on the Beaujolais scene with the majority of its vineyards in the Morgon appellation of the Beaujolais wines. Currently the 14th generation of winemakers of the Piron family are behind the house descending from Etienne Bailly who was born in Morgan in 1590. Today the estate is managed by Julien Revillon a 7th generation wine grower.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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