Loosely called in the east of France “Beaujolais nouveau” and here in the south west “primeur”, new wine “millésime” 2017 arrives all over France traditionally on the 3rd week of November, ready to be drunk after only few months following the grape harvest.
To celebrate the arrival of new wine – officially released like its famous counterpart the “Beaujolais” on the 3rd Thursday of November – 40 wineries of Gaillac, a wine region situated between Toulouse and Albi, in the Tarn department of south west France, opened last weekend their doors for wine tasting and a multitude of other activities including concerts, farmer’s markets, friendly meals etc.
It is estimated that each year around 700,000 bottles of “primeur” wine are produced in Gaillac region, 90% of red wine and 10% of white wine.
The “primeur”, in contrast to the barrel aged wine, cannot be held in a bottle for a long time and maintains its flavors only for maximum one year.
While in Bordeaux region they serve you wine with cheese, in Gaillac the wine was matched with a little plate of delis.