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France's love/hate relationship with Beaujolais nouveau

On the third Thursday of November, France celebrates the arrival of Beaujolais nouveau. It's France's most famous "vin primeur" (young wine) and hails from the beautiful and highly protected Beaujolais wine-producing region. Though it's a favourite in France's jam-packed cultural calendar, the tradition is quite recent. Critics say it's nothing more a marketing operation that produces undrinkable wine in large quantities. But Beaujolais nouveau has diehard fans in France and abroad.

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