Domaine Pascal Granger 2016 'Cuvee Speciale' Julienas AOC
Item Number: 13973
Sub Region: Beaujolais
Appellation/AVA: Julienas AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Gamay
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Soil Type: Alluvial-clay topsoil with pierre bleue (blue stone) and primary-rock subsoil
Winemaker Notes: The Domaine Pascal Granger is located in the hamlet of Les Poupets within the village of Juliénas in the heart of the finest sector of the Beaujolais district. This estate has been in the Granger family for over two hundred years, dating to Napoleonic times, and has passed from father to son continually. The domaine encompasses 14 hectares with vineyard holdings in the home village of Juliénas and extending through the neighboring villages of Jullié, Chénas, La Chapelle de Guinchay and Leynes. All harvesting is done manually and treatments in the vineyards are minimal with weed-growth tolerated between the vines.
Vine Age: This exceptional wine is a selection from the oldest vines of the domaine with an average age in excess of seventy (70) years.
Winemaking Notes: 70% of the Gamay is destemmed. Fermentation occurs in concrete and stainless steel tanks with native yeast. Pumping-over is done twice a day. The cuvaison generally lasts for 12 days. The wine is racked into vat but also spends several months aging in large oak casks before it is bottled. Malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously. A minimum amount of sulfites are added at bottling.
Tasting Notes: The limited yields from the old vines produce a wine of great character: structured but generous with the potential to age from four to eight years and beyond in the best of vintages.
92pts (2014 Vintage) Vinous 8/2016
"Ripe, deeply perfumed blue fruit and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up a hint of licorice with air. Sappy and expansive, offering lush boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors given lift and spine by juicy acidity. Fine-grained tannins come in late on the impressively long finish, adding grip the densely packed and appealingly sweet fruit."