Frances Beaujolais Nouveau launched worldwide today

France's Beaujolais Nouveau launched worldwide today

Sales volumes of the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau are estimated to be down by around 13% on last year due to a small harvest, according to trade body Inter-Beaujolais.

“The simple fact is that, if we had been able to offer the same volumes this year as we has in 2011, we would have no difficulty in selling it,” Jean Bourjade, general manager of Inter-Beaujolais told just-drinks today.

“Despite the lower volumes on the market this year, an increase in bulk prices means there's a reasonable chance value sales will be stable compared to 2011, even up slightly,” Bourjade added.

Almost half of the volumes of the young wine, which has been released globally tofay (15 November) are bound for export, the main destination being Japan.