France - and the rest of the world - celebrate the annual uncorking of the popular young wine. Saskia O'Donoghue reports
Cheers - or Sante as the French say. Parisians celebrated the start of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine season on Thursday in keeping with French law that allows the release of the young wine only on the third Thursday in November. The world renowned wine is made uniquely from Gamay grapes picked only two months ago. The grapes are left to ferment for only around four days in steel vats after being pressed. The process gives the wine its light colour and fruity notes, and it's often served alongside light dishes such as plates of charcuterie or soft cheese. And while locals and tourists alike were desperate to sample the drink, resturanteurs in Paris were very strict. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH TOURIST TIM STEVENSON SAYING: "It is very nice, very very nice. This is the third time in this bar and we were here last night and they refused to serve us Beaujolais Nouveau so we come back today. STEVENSON'S WIFE SAYING: "Not 'til after midnight." STEVENSON: "Not 'til after midnight, I was sleepy so we come back at lunchtime." While there has been a drop in sales of the wine over the past 15 years, 22.5 million bottles were sold worldwide in 2016. The Beaujolais Nouveau trend is now catching on across the globe, with Asian countries in particular picking up on the tradition - and celebrating the annual uncorking of this young wine.