Saturday, February 21, 2009

2006 Julienas

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Continuing with our cru Beaujolais theme, we drank a Julienas tonight, another one of the sub-appellations within Beaujolais. This was another bottle plundered from my friend's cellar, where I've been keeping this wine since last February.

2006 Domaine Guy Voluet, AC Julienas.

I love these wines. Wines that are well-balanced, simple, yet speak so much of where and when they were grown. This wine sits in that sweet spot of $15-20, and delivers so much. If you know what wines to look for, you can drink $15 wines for the rest of your life and be very happy indeed.

Lighter colour than yesterday's Chiroubles. Red like cherry juice, a slight desaturation at the rim. A fairly round nose, pungent red fruits. Again, clearly a gamay. I love how these wines, when made right, show so much varietal and regional characteristics. Lean on the palate, lots of sour cherries. Some integrated oak, but the finish drops off a bit. Very well-balanced, fine tannins. An excellent wine, but lacking some complexity.

The value of this wine speaks for itself, and its just an excellent example of what a good Beaujolais can deliver. And these two wines aren't even from the more esteemed sub-appellations of Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent!

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