February Wine of the Month--2018 Domaine de la Bottiere Julienas $15.99

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February Wine of the Month--2018 Domaine de la Bottiere Julienas  $15.99

This generous and quaffable red wine is vibrating with juicy and joyful fruit, a flower garden in a glass accented by cracked pepper.

There are Beaujolais, and there are Cru Beaujolais, the wine villages where the most privileged hillside vineyards reside.  Each of the ten Crus has something unique to offer, usually providing wines of greater depth of flavor and aroma than wines with labels marked Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages.

 

The Cru of Julienas in Beaujolais was rumored to have been a favorite of the Romans.  Legend is that the name Julienas was given as a nod to Julius Caesar.  While not quite as far back as that, the Perrachon family have been farmers in Julienas since 1601, though actual bottling of their Gamay did not begin until 1877.

 

Farming is done organically, though they resist being certified, opting to keep a chemical option available in the case of life or death to a vine.  The Gamay here comes from mostly 55 year old vines grown in soils rich with blue stones and granite.

 

This generous and quaffable Beaujolais is vibrating with juicy and joyful fruit, a flower garden in a glass accented by cracked pepper.  Dense, but hardly heavy, this is one of those wines you can pop the cork on and wash down any number of dishes with, or just when you want a delicious and refreshing red to quench your thirst.

$15.99 per bottle   $191.88 per case

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