Over sixty vinegrowers tend Juliénas vines, this area is without a doubt at the origin of the Beaujolais region’s viticultural vocation. With the greatest variety in terrain of all the Beaujolais vinegrowing area, this Cru dons a deep intense ruby robe, with aromas of strawberry, violet, cinnamon, red currant, and peony, releasing fleshy, well-built flavours that are discreetly spicy and a good length in the mouth. Growing at 230 to 430 metres above sea-level the vines are shared between soils of granitic origin in the west and sedimentary terrain in the east. It is worth leaving the bottles to age for 2 to 3 years for the nuances of vanilla and spice to fill out.
History and Heritage
Juliénas (don’t pronounce the final “s”), JULLIENAS or JULLIENNAS as one wrote it in times past is a relatively ancient township if one can judge by the remains of Gallo-romans tombs and relics discovered here and there. This was always a natural route of migration from the Valley of the Saône river to the West and North West and in the opposite direction. Roman legions, as Julius Caesar suggested himself in the “Gallic Wars”, stopped at the spring called “COUCOUNNIERS” to quench their thirst.
Some etymological research suggests that the suffix “AS” meant “property of…” or “belonging to…”. Thus does the name of Juliénas mean the property of JULES, the property of JULIEN, or the property of JULLIE ?
Bound to the north by the Mont Bessay, to the west by the foothills of “la petite montagne” (CENVES), to the south by the Mont Rémond, the village is at the junction of the river “Mauvaise” and the stream “Cotoyon”, and opens naturally eastwards towards LA CHAPELLE DE GUINCHAY, the Mâconnais and the Bresse.
La Cave Coopérative
Description of the Cave coopérative in Julienas
1) Established in 1960 the Cave coopérative has now :
– 240 members
– employs 7 staff
– a zone of production which covers 250 hectares, exclusively planted in Gamay and the crops is harvested by hand.
2) A prodcution of 13 000 hectolitres as follows :
– 7 360 of Julienas
– 3 700 of Beaujolais Villages
– 720 of Saint-Amour
– 600 of Beaujolais
– 350 of Chénas, Morgon and Chiroubles
3) The properties cover the communes of Juliénas, Pruzilly, Jullié, Emeringes and Saint Amour
4) The types of wine to be found are :
– in red wines : Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, Beaujolais crus : Juliénas, Saint Amour, Chiroubles, Chénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent, and Brouilly
– in white wines the beaujolais offers : Mâcon, Saint Véran and Crémant de Bourgogne