The official arrival of 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau arrived last week. Following decades-old French tradition, the wine was uncorked at one past minute on the third Thursday in November. The arrival of Nouveau around the world is akin to the arrival of the holiday tree in Rockefeller Center, celebrating of the start of the holiday season.
On Wednesday, November 25, 2pm EST we visit with Carolyn Von Klitzing, owner of Château de la Chaize in Brouilly, one of the oldest and most historic estates in Beaujolais. This stately home and winery has been in Caroline’s family since the 1600s. Caroline was raised and educated in Paris and worked at Christie’s Auction house for several years before taking over the export markets for Château de la Chaize. She moved back to Paris in 2006 to manage the winery and is committed to preserving the natural habitat through non-invasive, sustainable methods.
The Brouilly grape is exclusively gamay, a variety with black skin and white flesh that lends itself to the ripe juiciness in Beaujolais wines. At Château de la Chaize 50% of the vineyard is older than 40 years old, some plants even reaching 80 years. This wine estate is the largest in one block in the whole of Beaujolais and Burgundy (99 hectares/ 250 acres).
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