We decided some time ago we were going to drink Beaujolais with our turkey in memory of the late Marcel Lapierre who very sadly died back in September. I thought his vibrant fruity 2009 Morgon would be ideal with the classic Christmas feast and so it proved to be, mirroring the tartness and fruitiness of the cranberry sauce.
We also cracked open a bottle of the charming 2009 Raisins Gaulois on Boxing Day. Just a shade lighter (we chilled it slightly) and intensely quaffable, it was perfect with our Boxing Day lunch of cold turkey and bubble and squeak (which I actually prefer to the main meal).
I wouldn’t extrapolate from that to say that all Beaujolais would do the job. Marcel’s Morgon is particularly full-bodied and generous and 2009 was an exceptionally ripe vintage. It certainly helped that both were young wines (I'm not a fan of venerable reds with turkey). And it does show that in a good year Gamay can do the biz.