That's what Les Pipos (a wine bar in Paris) and a local figure of the fifth arrondissement , Professeur Larue, plotted yesterday, exactly a week before the now-a-world-ritual Beaujolais Nouveau day. The day was officially declared the Official Celebration Day In Memoriam of the Late Beaujolais-Nouveau (2006 Beaujolais to be precise).
The subversive group spread the news by word of mouth in the neighborhood and a growing crowd gathered in the afternoon and the evening around the bar on the top of the rue Sainte Geneviève to vent its joyful rage, fueled by unlimited pours of Beaujolais 2006 (a real wine, this time!) and the boundless energy of a 10-musician-strong street band playing New-Orleans jazz music.
I myself heard about the desperate insurrection while on the other side of the fifth and courageously decided to join the rebellion. when I arrived on the scene, the situation was already out of control, there were several dozens beaming revelers moving in rhythm with a seemingly indefatigable band.
As it was virtually impossible to fray one's way through the crowd into the bar, and as the musicians were asking for more wine between long stretches of music with solos passing from player to player under the applause of bystanders, the "professeur", a tastevin around the neck, came to the rescue of his troops with a bunch of glasses. Let's the populace have their wine!....The pipos owner had this huge bottle of Beaujolais (a 9-liter Salmanazar) with "Paix Ã Mon Ãme" (Rest in Peace) pinned on its bottle neck and he needed all his strength to hold it and fill the glasses or the jugs. Where will all this end ?
You might also listen to this other nice piece of music (on the right) of the legendary pair. Enjoy and pour yourself a glass of last year's Beaujolais.
You might ask a question : what Beaujolais wine was served for this obituary ceremony ? a dark Gamay by Jean Claude Lapalu, cuvée "Le Rang des Merles" 2006, a tight-textured wine with red fruits aromas, I can understand why the party went on till 3 am that night...