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69840 Juliénas, France

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Tasting Notes of Juliénas

Visual Clues

  • Color: Juliénas wines are often deep ruby in hue, sometimes verging on a rich garnet as they age. This deep coloration is a testament to the maturity of the grapes at harvest and the wine’s concentration.
  • Clarity: A clear, bright appearance indicates a well-made Juliénas, free from any unwanted sediments or haziness.
  • Legs: When swirled, the wine may leave ‘legs’ or ‘tears’ on the glass’s sides, an indication of its alcohol content and body. The more prominent and slow-moving the legs, the higher the alcohol content and fuller the body.


  • Primary Aromas: Freshly poured, a Juliénas will often greet you with a burst of red fruits like strawberries, cherries, and red currants. There’s also a delightful hint of fresh flowers, notably violets.
  • Secondary Aromas: As the wine interacts with oxygen, secondary aromas, which come from the winemaking process, start to emerge. This can include scents reminiscent of fermentation, such as fresh bread or yeast.
  • Tertiary Aromas: With age, a Juliénas evolves, revealing more complex aromas. These are a result of the aging process, often in oak. Expect hints of leather, tobacco, forest floor, and even dried fruits.

On the Palate

  • Front Palate: Upon the first sip, expect an immediate rush of those red fruits, particularly strawberries and cherries. There’s a brightness, an almost zingy freshness, thanks to the wine’s acidity.
  • Mid Palate: As the wine moves to the center of your mouth, its structure becomes evident. The tannins, though not as aggressive as in some other red wines, give a gentle grip. You might also start to detect some of those secondary flavors, a slight yeasty or doughy quality, perhaps a touch of spice or earthiness.
  • Finish: Juliénas is known for its lingering finish. The flavors persist, with some of the deeper, tertiary notes coming forward. Think of dried fruits, a hint of leather, or even a touch of mineral or stony quality, reminiscent of its granite-rich terroir.

Texture & Mouthfeel

  • Body: Most Juliénas wines have a medium body, making them versatile for various occasions and food pairings.
  • Tannins: While present, the tannins in Juliénas are generally softer and rounder, giving structure without overwhelming the palate.
  • Acidity: One of the hallmarks of Gamay-based wines, like those from Juliénas, is their vibrant acidity. This gives the wine a refreshing quality, making it excellent for pairing with rich foods.

Aging Potential

While many Beaujolais wines are best enjoyed young, the robust nature of Juliénas gives it a unique ability to age gracefully. Over time, its flavors meld and evolve, gaining in complexity. Aged bottles might lean more towards dried fruit flavors, with the fresh red fruits of its youth giving way to deeper, more nuanced profiles.

Tasting a Juliénas is like taking a sensory journey through its storied terroir and rich history. Each sip is a revelation, showcasing the harmony between the Gamay grape and the land it’s cultivated on. Whether you’re a seasoned wine aficionado or a casual enthusiast, the layers of flavors and aromas in Juliénas promise an unforgettable experience.