The Society's Exhibition Juliénas 2011
Case of 12: £107
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In my early career with The Society I became hooked in to the wines of Beaujolais; first from learning the beautiful names of its ten crus, such as Fleurie, St Amour, and Chiroubles, and then through discovering the diversity of flavours that could be achieved from a single grape grown in one region.
So, not surprisingly, The Society's Exhibition Juliénas pops up frequently in my orders. It has wonderful ripeness of red fruit and spice (which I'd describe as Victoria plum and cinnamon), soft tannins and cooler-climate acidity. This is not an instantaneous wine; it lures you in gently to that second glass while you are still thinking about the flavours, and there is a lingering clean fruity acidity on the palate which is mouthwatering to the finish. This has to be my 'red for all seasons'.
Helen Dean – IS Project Manager