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.