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Saint Amour is bounding with juicy raspberry fruit. It's full of energy with great minerality and silky tannins. Saint Amour has the most diverse geology of all of the Cru Beaujolais. Pirolette is distinct because the vineyards are near the top of the hill, where you have very little top soil and very good drainage. The vines average 65 years-old.
Beaujolais 2017 reveals a fragrant nose of small black fruits aromas. The mouth is ample, offering a nice concentration with hints of blackcurrant and silky tannins. Velvety finish and beautiful length.
A very fresh and decidedly peppery nose features pretty notes of red berries and an elegant floral nuance. There is fine intensity and volume to the well-detailed middle weight flavors that deliver very good length on the saline-inflected finish. Good stuff that could be enjoyed young or aged for a few years to good effect.
Alc. 14% by Vol.
One of the many marvels of great Cru Beaujolais is that it can be richly colored and quite deeply concentrated but lively and refreshing at the same time. There’s fruit, earth, and flowers in abundance, but no excesses of tannin or alcohol to weigh you down. That is the magic of Château de la Bottière’s Juliénas: It tastes “big” without, in fact, being big.
The intense and ripe black-cherry fruit is backed up by a serious tannin structure for this region, plus relatively discreet acidity for Beaujolais. Together they give this excellent aging potential. With a little more finesse, this would be really amazing! From an unusual limestone-clay soil for this appellation. Sustainable. Drink or hold.