2018 Perrachon et Fils Clos des Chers Juliénas

A vineyard in Juliénas
A vineyard in Juliénas farmed by Château des Capitans
Perrachon’s Juliénas is deliciously versatile and a terrific value

The Perrachon family began making wine in 1877, and the domaine is currently run by the fifth and sixth generation. They produce Beaujolais from six crus, including this bottling from the Clos des Chers vineyard in Juliénas.

I’ve visited Beaujolais a few times, although never this particular domaine (that’s an image from a vineyard at Château des Capitans in Juliénas, above). But my family has enjoyed a few bottles of this Perrachon Juliénas Clos des Chers recently, after discovering the winery through importer Ansonia, which offers direct consumer sales.

2018 Perrachon et Fils Clos des Chers Juliénas
Gamay grapes in a Juliénas vineyard
Gamay clusters in Juliénas in mid July

Perrachon ages this cuvée in oak demi-muids, whose larger size offers less oxygen and oak exposure than barriques. The 2018 is a deep, youthful ruby violet color with a clear rim. It’s fragrant, lifted, with fruit notes reminiscent of black raspberries and blackberry flowers. The palate darkens into woodsy black bramble fruits that segue to a hint of wintergreen at the finish. The wine is young, well-structured but completely ready to drink now. It’s a perfect wine for a picnic.

2018 Perrachon et Fils Clos des Chers Juliénas

14.5% ABV | $24; imported by Ansonia Wines

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