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Beaujolais Nouveau 2016

Where to find the new young wine in Paris on Thursday November 17 2016

Vendanges du Domaine Fellot © Serge Sang

When? Thursday November 17 2016
What? A nationwide festival celebrating two-month-old Beaujolais Nouveau red wine.
Where? In bars around Paris

Every year on the third Thursday of November, the young red vin de primeur Beaujolais nouveau is released on to the market in a frenzy of promotion, buying and drinking. Just 6-8 weeks old, the wine is intended for immediate consumption.

Not everyone in Paris is a fan. In fact, the light, fruity wine is as divisive in France as football or politics. But what’s certain is that the night of Thursday November 17 2016 will be given over, in many places, to committed (and raucous) testing of this year’s vintage – and Time Out Paris will show you where to partake.

Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau in Paris

En Vrac


Staying faithful to organic wines, there’ll be several on offer: Beaujolais, Karim Vionnet, Julien Merle, Isabelle et Bruno Perraud, Côtes-du-rhône, Marcel Richaud muscadet and Muskadig Breizh. And to accompany this beautiful selection: sausage galette and oysters from Normandy. Things kick off at 6pm and continue until midnight. 

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Goutte d'Or



Inaro are going against the grain and celebrating beaujolais vieillot (beaujolais wine from several years back). This year Roland Pignard is showcasing a 2012 Mognon by the magnum, as well as vintages from 2013. The event will continue for several days from November 17 – or until stocks run out!

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Le Baron Rouge


Slake your thirst for good wine with quality local vintages in a blue-collar bar with no time for pretentious oenophiles. 

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Eastern Paris

La Cave de l’Insolite


Expect guitars and accordions at La Cave de l’Insolite on November 17, plus a menu specially designed for the occasion – and of course, plenty of beaujolais nouveau.

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11th arrondissement

La Cave des Papilles


This yellow-fronted cave is the place honour beaujolais wine with six or seven different vintages: Beaujolais nouveau, as well as spring wines from other regions (notably the excellent vintage from Jean-François Nicq in the  Languedoc, ‘October’.)

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14th arrondissement

Le Lapin Blanc

Le Lapin Blanc, Menilmontant’s charming wine bar is celebrating its 4th birthday on the same day as Beaujolais Nouveau, with a four-day party. Of course, the evening of November 17 will be spent drinking the famed spring wine.

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Les Caves de Prague


This is a celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau but ‘without the Beaujolais Nouveau,’ showcasing beautiful wines from their winery with no corkage fee (usually €4).

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Looking to broaden your wine horizons?


Jay S
Jay S

Wow, this article made us totally miss Beaujolais night.  I might never listen to Time Out Paris again!  Ended up choosing the Marche des Enfants Rouges based on the "atmosphere of a french village".  There was no "atmosphere" it was exactly the same as the day market, except that it was almost all CLOSED.  There was ONE stall open, NO real food, ONE old accordion player and about TEN other clueless people total.  Such a depressing mess, no street party nothing.  And this article doesn't even mention the real party at Aux Tonneau des Halles Paris, which was still going strong with live jazz and tonsa people at midnight...

Thanks Time Out for publicizing the worst places to go.