Beaujolais & Co


Every year, on the third Thursday of November, marks one of the most highly anticipated events in France’s cultural calendar. At precisely the stroke of midnight, bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau are released and uncorked, amid a flurry of parties, fireworks and other festivities across the country. 

Beaujolais Nouveau is a fruity, very young red wine, distinguished by its bright red colour. As its name suggests, it originates from the Beaujolais region of France and yields from the Gamay grape.  Remarkably, it is released very quickly after harvest, having been fermented for only three weeks.

Other Beaujolais wines are fermented for far longer and unlike the Nouveau, will improve with age. The best Beaujolais come from one of the area’s ten named crus, otherwise known as classified growths. These cru varieties have more substantial tannins and show spice, tea, dried herb, smoky and mineral flavours in addition to lush berry and cherry notes.


To coincide with this momentous wine celebration, The Alliance Française invites you to raise your glass to great French wine and good company.

Upon arrival, enjoy some delicious cheese and charcuterie canapés, accompanied by a special glass of Beaujolais as well as a carefully curated selection of other wines.

With a limited number of places available, book now to take part in all the festivities. Santé!