Thursday, November 13, 2008


Wednesday, November 12, 2008, NYC.

The first official bottles were delivered to the event by horse and carriage in commemoration of the old tradition for Beaujolais Nouveau. It is one of the most popular wines in France, normally made from Gamay grapes and fermented for just a few weeks then officially released for sale on the third Wednesday of November. Chamarre slightly twists the concept with a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Syrah from different regions of France.

I had the pleasure of sharing a glass (or three) with the President/CEO of OWS, Hubert Surville. He gave me a brief history of the company and how they were able to take advantage of the new French wine appellation, "Vin de Pays Vignobles de France" which allows blending across regions. Founder Pascal Renaudat and winemaker Renaud Rosari have access to sources from cooperatives across the country and now can blend the best of each.

Evoking earthy, fruity aromas, along with flavors of cherries, bananas and strawberries and a nice roundness. There is a common thread relating this Nouveau to other style Chamarre wines.

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