Juliénas ‘Probus’ 2015, Pascal AUFRANC 2015

Country
France
Region
Beaujolais
Producer
Pascal Aufranc
Grape(s)
Gamay (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Juicy
Oaked Style
Unoaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Not applicable
Alcohol Content
12.5%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

The vineyards of Beaujolais fall on the granite rich slopes of a hilly region between Mâcon and Lyon at the southern limit of Burgundy. The only vine variety authorised for red wines is Gamay, traditionally grown as free standing bush vines. A small amount of Chardonnay is also grown. The most favourable vineyard sites produce `villages` wines, and the 10 named `Cru` villages of Beaujolais represent the best vineyards of the region and produce the longest-lived and fullest style of Beaujolais.

Producer

Pascal Aufranc`s estate is off the beaten track perched on the hillside of Remont in Chenas. Pascal says "I have the good fortune to work on beautiful hillside plots surrounded by woods and I like to make wines expressing their origin." Pascal prefers patience and observation over intervention and manipulation so ensures his growing methods are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Tasting Notes
`Probus` is Latin for `excellent` and acts as a reminder that Gamay started to be grown in Beaujolais under the Roman Empire. The 70 year old vines sit on silt and clay soils in a south east facing vineyard. The wine is ages for 10 months in tank with 20% aged in oak barrels. The resultant wine is a very deep ruby colour with notes of ripe black fruits on the nose. The palate is rich with black cherries, violets and mocha.
Food
Sere with roast game, lamb or pork or with strong hard cheeses.