Greg scored this wine: 91/100
A wonderful testament to traditional cru Beaujolais! This wine was grown at the Chateau de la Bottiere and has the structure to last as a midrange cellar choice.
Julienas can be quite firm and tannic. There is always complexity because some of the oldest parcels in Beaujolais exist here. These vines are, on average, close to a century old!
It has a beautiful ruby colour. Not particularly dark, but some purple hues.
Aromas of pot pourri and violet. Blackberry, peach, and plum.
The flavours are quite silky, but a very present mineral acid tension. It is young and will likely age well. A remnant of the florality alongside the smokiness and phenolic skin charater makes up the finish, which is pretty long.
It was fermented in traditional wood vats, but there was a lot of manual sorting and destemming, along with pneumatic pressing (no carbonic here).
The soil it was grown in was a combo of schisty clay and blue diorite (volcanic rock full of silicate).
So old vines, varied soils, and traditional vinification. This wine has everything going for it.
If you are looking for something suave, alluring, fresh, aromatic, or elegant you have found it.
Keep it 5-7 in the cellar, or decant and enjoy it alongside some chicken stew or smoked duck.
This place has been cultivated since the time of Christ. Many people claim it is named for Julius Caesar, but it is just as likely named for Julian the Apostate and that the name and age of the cru make people conflate those two historical facts.