Dark Fruit & Spice: Inky Rich 2017 Gamay, $24

Winemaker:  The Domaine Perrachon has made wine in Juliénas since the 1870s. This small family Beaujolais domaine has caught the press’s eye, garnering acclaim and high scores from Vinous, Wine Advocate, and Burghound. Their style ranges from simple, fruity Beaujolais, to serious, ageworthy red Burgundy.

Appellation:  Today’s wine comes from Juliénas, an appellation known its serious, intense wines. Perrachon’s gamay vines here are nearly 80 years old, and their intensity produces wines of inky depth and richness.

Wine:  Made from south facing vines and raised in large 500L barrels, this is as serious as Beaujolais gets. The nose is inky and dense, with dark blue fruits, violets, and pleasant spices like nutmeg and pepper. The mouth is very fine and intense, with beautiful texture, sturdy fruit, and notes of baked blueberries and roses.

Serving:  Think of this as a punchy, young red Burgundy, rather than a fruity, chillable summertime Beaujolais. Unless you’ve got a full house on lockdown, serve over a few days and watch it smooth out.


Perrachon Juliénas “Clos des Chers” 2017
bottle price: $24

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