|Beaujolais-Villages Blanc La Jacarde: The only white wine produced at this domaine, the Beaujolais Blanc is sourced from vines in the village of Leynes just south of the villages of Chaintré and Fuissé, a notable area for the production of wines produced from the Chardonnay grape. This single vineyard site of “La Jacarde” is planted to old vines and was formerly part of the Domaine Bernard Dalicieux, the first Beaujolais producer to grace the RWM portfolio. Upon Dalicieux’s retirement, we helped arrange the purchase of this prestigious vineyard site by Pascal Granger. The wine, vinified in stainless steel, is dry with citrus and almond notes, not as flamboyant nor as powerful as the best of the wines from the neighboring appellations of Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint Véran but quite distinguished and satisfying nonetheless.|
|Beaujolais-Villages Le Bouteau: A special cuvée sourced from old vines planted in the « Le Bouteau » vineyard in Leynes, the northernmost village in the Beaujolais district. This wine, due to its substantial structure, undergoes a longer cuvaison and an extended elevage. With its breadth of flavors (red fruits and wild berries) and wealth of backbone, this wine will provide positive surprises as it offers proof of the superior qualities of the best of this modest appellation. The majority of this cuvée is shipped for our use in the US market … 3600 bottles annually.|
|Chénas “Aux Pierres” Cru de Beaujolais: The smallest holdings of the estate, the vineyards are spread between the villages of Chénas and La Chapelle-de-Guinchay in the northern sector of the Beaujolais district. After a period of eight to ten days of fermentation, the wine is racked into vats until the following spring when it is bottled. A subtle but tenacious wine with a more discrete bouquet and gentle tannins, Granger’s Chénas is a wine that can be enjoyed in its youth but can give great pleasure over a two to four year period.|
Moulin a Vent “Les Chassignols” Cru de Beaujolais: Another very limited production cuvée from vines of average age of 50 years on the mid-hill, south facing vineyards known as ‘Chassignols’ where the soil is composed of granite. 30% of the grapes are left whole, while 70% are de-stemmed. This great “cru” has an extended fermentation of about 20 days in large cement cuves before it is racked into demi muids and foudre for the six months of elevage. A sturdy wine, reserved in its youth, marked by the smells and flavors of red fruits, roses and spice, the Moulin a Vent from Granger deserves several years of cellaring. 4,000 bottles produced.
|Juliénas Cru de Beaujolais: From a series of vineyard sites spread across the villages of Juliénas and Jullié, this is the most important “cru” of the domaine in terms of volume (50,000 bottles per annum, more or less). The primary soils are a combination of clay and gravel which produce an ebulliently fruity wine with substantial backbone. The cuvaison lasts usually for ten days. The Granger Juliénas distinguishes itself with its subtle undertones of cinnamon and violet beneath the luscious red fruits of the best of Beaujolais.|
|Juliénas “Clos des Poulettes” Cru de Beaujolais: Pascal Granger works an esteemed 1.6-hectare clos located just outside the village of Juliénas. This wine is fermented using natural yeasts in stainless steel and concrete vats with roughly 30% whole bunches (depends on the year). The wine is then moved into older demi-muids to age for an additional 6 months before being assembled and bottled.|
|Juliénas Cru de Beaujolais Cuvée Spéciale: This exceptional wine is a selection from the oldest vines of the domaine with an average age in excess of seventy (70) years. The cuvaison generally continues for 12 days. The wine is racked into vat but also spends several months aging large oak casks before it is bottled. 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.|
|Juliénas Cru de Beaujolais Grande Réserve: This elite cuvée is sourced from grapes planted in the most prestigious vineyard sites of the appellation: Les Mouilles and Les Capitans. The juice is fermented for 15 days and then it is placed in barrel for a two year elevage. This wine is a powerful expression of this special terroir, bearing a garnet color, carrying deep tannins and tending to “pinot”, that is it develops the complexity and enchanting aromas of many of the fine reds from the Cote d’Or.|
A modest wine for New Year’s Eve
A lovely experience tonight and surprising as well. We are drinking Granger’s Beaujolais Villages “Le Fetrau” from the 2013 vintage. The wine is at peak performance, very much resolved with all elements in balance. Classic true Gamay bouquet, dark fruited with a gamy, wild berry mien, solid on the palate with body yet light on its feet. Bitter cherry finish with that granite backbone that places this wine in that northern tier of Beaujolais. This is serious stuff that proves a five year waiting period is totally appropriate for Beaujolais vinified as a wine of structure rather than ease.
We have had a long history with Pascal Granger but now he is hitting a new sweet spot.