Localization: Beaujolais, France
Tasting Notes: The most important wine at the domaine in terms of quantity, Granger's Juliénas distinguishes itself with its subtle undertones of cinnamon and violet beneath the luscious red fruits of the best of Beaujolais.
Notes: Gamay vines average 40 years old, with some up to 100 years old. Gamay is trained in Gobelet and planted at 10,000
vines/ha. Chardonnay is 25 years old, trained in Guyot, and planted at 8,000 vines/ha.
After c. 70% destemming, red wines ferment with indigenous yeasts in stainless-steel tanks. Cuvasion lasts 15-20 days.
The Domain: The Domaine Pascal Granger is located in the hamlet of Les Poupets within the village of Juliénas in the heart of the Beaujolais.
This estate has been in the Granger family for over two hundred years, dating to Napoleonic times, and has passed from father to son continually. With 23 ha of vineyard holdings in Juliénas, Jullié, Chénas, La Chapelle de Guinchay, Saint Amour, and Leynes, the domaine has access to some of the best-reputed sites in the region.
For over a century, the Granger family has been vinifying a portion of its wines in the Cellier de la Vieille Église, the former church in Juliénas, disused since 1868 and since owned by the Loron family. Vinification includes long cuvaisons driven by indigenous yeasts and maturation in foudres and demi-muids, which allows Beaujolais to speak clearly of its origin and develop over years in the cellar--a relative rarity in a region still driven by Beaujolais-Nouveau. While structured enough to age in the cellar, these wines are delicious in their youth and pair with multiple dishes from many cuisines.