It is reportedly a good year for Beaujolais Nouveau. This fruity wine is bottled within two months of the grape harvest and starts making its way from Beaujolais in southern Burgundy, France, to big cities around the globe at one minute after midnight on the third Thursday of November every year. Beaujolais Nouveau producers, sellers and promoters always have positive things to say about this young, light wine, which possessors of more objective palates have said tastes like alcoholic grape juice, but they are gushing even more about the 2003, which 'promises to be a vintage of unforgettable quality', according to the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington. Georges Duboeuf (pictured), the man credited with (or blamed for) making Beaujolais Nouveau a big marketing success, claims 'the 2003 vintage may turn out to be the greatest of my career'. The wine began as a cheap tipple drunk only in and around Beaujolais. Today, shops and restaurants in big cities announce with pride, 'Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!' and fans celebrate with parties. It is available at major wine shops, including Watsons and Oliver's, and is on the wine lists of many French restaurants here. Unlike its more famous and expensive cousins in Burgundy, Beaujolais Nouveau isn't a wine you'll want to 'lay down' for future generations; it should be drunk within a few months.