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This year’s crop of beaujolais nouveau bottles arrives today at the LCBO (it is the third Thursday of November, after all), but there’s really no compelling reason to rush out and grab an armload of the barely fermented 2012s. I quickly sampled the nouveaus from France, Italy and Ontario on Tuesday at the LCBO tasting lab, and this context showed just how average “nouveau” wines can be. The beaujolais in particular were scratchy, starchy and thin, perhaps due to a rather wretched 2012 season in France. In Ontario, however, the 2012 vintage was spectacular. Add the fact that Château des Charmes (which makes Generation Seven) is an experienced grower of gamay (the beaujolais grape), and this one becomes the natural choice.
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