Duboeuf Julienas La Trinquee 2008
Gamay from Beaujolais, France
Intense ruby in color, this Juliénas has a bouquet with both floral (irises and peonies) and fruit character (strawberry, peach and raspberry). Its typically firm texture comes from its backbone of natural acidity and tannin. Well-structured and flavorful, with perfect balance.
Juliénas, "imperial wine," was named after the great Julius Caesar. With its one-of-a-kind taste, it is also known as an "editorial wine," preferred by many French writers and a number of newsmen in Paris. Some of its greatest fans are from the satirical newspaper, Le Canard Enchaîné, who apparently created the amusing saying, "taking the waters at the spa in Juliénas." No doubt they dipped more than their ink pens into the red liquid.
In offering Juliénas frequent, humorous publicity, these journalists brought about its popularity. Joyful humor pairs well with Juliénas. The dynamic growers association conceived of a grand Tasting Cellar, complete with bacchanalian frescoes full of rustic merrymaking. Not just anywhere, however — in the old nineteenth-century style church built across the main street of Juliénas. Villagers, along with invited guests from show business and the press, gather at the Cellier de la Vieille Eglise for the big annual festival the second weekend in November. The first wines of the new harvest are rolled out for tasting and the colorful wine brotherhood inducts honored ambassadors of Juliénas into its ranks. The main celebrity attending is awarded exactly 104 bottles of their wine, just the right number to enjoy every Saturday and Sunday for an entire year. These people sure know how to have a good time! Deeply colored, solid and robust, Juliénas is a wine with excellent ageing potential and deserves to be given a noble repose in the cellar, to allow it to reach its maximum fullness.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Julienas La Trinquee represents a cuvee from several growers farming what the Duboeufs consider the best sector of Julienas. Tart, bright red fruits are tinged with pepper, making for a striking contrast with this year’s flower label Julienas. This shows admirable penetration in an exhilaratingly refreshing, long finish rendered more interesting by suggestions of herb and stone. (The structured 2008 Julienas Chateau des Capitains was still in tank when I tasted it, rather perturbed by its CO2 – which will of course dissipate – but also by its wood component.) There is only a tiny lot of flower labeled Saint Amour this year, still in tank when I tasted it, juicily ripe, if a bit simple. "
The Wine News - "Excellent deep ruby hue. Lovely, shy, slightly grapy aromas of flowers and red fruit usher in flavors of red fruit set off by crisp acidity. An ideal food wine with a long, pleasing finish. "
Georges Duboeuf Winery
For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.
Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands. View all Georges Duboeuf Wines
About BeaujolaisView a map of Beaujolais wineries (boe-show-lay)
Upon hearing Beaujolais, many think of the large celebration for wine that comes out the 3rd week of November, that year's vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. But the region of Beaujolais, situated at the bottom of the Burgundy AC, is more than just the nouveau. Some Beaujolais wines can be kept (gasp!) for up to 10 years! Those are usually the Cru Beaujolais and are much lower in production than the drink-it-now.
Even though Beaujolais is technically part of Burgundy, its climate, soil, grape varieties and winemaking methods make it completely separate in character. The primary grape of Beaujolais is Gamay, a very thin-skinned, light bodied grape that does particularly well in Beaujolais. It also does particularly well with the method of winemaking in Beaujolais – Carbonic Maceration. Carbonic maceration is anaerobic fermentation – meaning the fermentation takes place INSIDE the berry. How does this happen? Whole grape clusters are carefully put into a tank, given carbon dioxide and sealed to prevent contact with oxygen. Then a chemical process occurs inside the grape, turning sugars in to ethanol, aka alcohol. The process allows the fermenting juice to extract the color of the skins and the fruitiness of the grape without the harsh tannins of the skins. Not all Beaujolais use this method, but almost every Beaujolais Nouveau does. The result is a very fruity wine with fresh berry favors and super-light tannins and body.
The ACs of Beaujolais
Over half of the production of Beaujolais is under the Beaujolais AC. The second level is Beaujolais-Village, and the final is Beaujolais Crus, of which there are ten. Beaujolais Villages AC is a bit better quality than the first level, and the ten Crus are even higher quality. Most Cru Beaujolais AC wines use regular fermentation rather than carbonic, and some even let their wines age a bit in oak. In fact, after a few years in oak and bottle, a good vintage of Beaujolais can be mistaken for a Burgundy! But this is the exception to the rule - the majority of Beaujolais should be drunk within the first 2 years. In a good vintage a few of the cru wines may hold up for more, but Beaujolais is known for being fruity, light and easy drinking for right now. Serve a bit cool and enjoy without thought.
The 10 Cru Beaujolais to look for: Morgon, St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Brouilly, Côte-du-Brouilly, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Regnié.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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3 ratings, 3 with reviewsTeeMac - Rayne, LA311/26/2010very tasty fuity, med body good price511/30/2010This Beaujolais certainly deserves its eRobert Parker review and the rating that it received. A great bargain and great with roasted turkey. Be sure to serve Cru Beaujolais slightly chilled.elf - San Mateo, CA31/29/2010Accidentally brought this to a beaujolais nouveau party and it was a really nice change from all the rest of the nouveau wines because this bottle actually tasted like wine. :-)
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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