90 Points- Wine Enthusiast
"From one of the properties where Duboeuf does vinification and bottling at the estate, this is a dense and structured wine. While it does have intense, young acidity, it also offers ripe berry fruits that are bold and rich. Drink from 2016."- Wine Enthusiast
There is a French expression that “the truth behind a Beaujolais winemaker’s personality lies in a considerate soul and a keen heart.” On the gravelly granite and slippery slopes of Château des Poupets you must add “sure footed bravery” to that adage, as the terraced vineyards precariously slide toward the Saône River. Produced in an appellation known as “Juliénas the bold” in the northern Beaujolais region, this accessible brilliant garnet Cru Beaujolais comes to us from the iconic Georges Duboeuf, or as the French call him, “le roi du Beaujolais.” It was a long, winding and rocky road for the man who delivered wines by bicycle as a boy to the founding of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, one of the largest wine merchants in France. But in the end, Duboeuf became – and, most importantly, has remained -- the most respected name in Beaujolais for more than 40 years.
Made from 100% Gamay Noir á Jus Blanc grapes, Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast awarded this surprisingly dense and structured wine 90 points and recommends drinking it now through 2019. More robust than your average Beaujolais, our tasting panel detected hints of apples and spice on the nose and a palate of ripe red and black berry fruits that give this wine an appealing freshness.
The 7-acre Château des Poupets Estate was once owned by a Lyonnais silk merchant. Since 1933 the property has been managed by the Jorcin family with Mrs. Jorcin supervising the vineyards along with a father and son winemaking team. George Duboeuf also does vinification and bottling on the estate.
Things to Know
The village of Juliénas was named after the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, and there is evidence of wine drinking in the area as early as 59BC. Modern planting of vineyards and wine production intensified in the 17th century. Today 70% of all of the land in the world planted with the Gamay grape -- the only grape variety used to make all Beaujolais wines – lies within the Beaujolais region of eastern France. The granitic and sedimentary rocks abundant in the soil of the Juliénas appellation have traditionally generated distinctive Beaujolais.
An intense ruby color. This wine reveals red and blackberry aromas with hints of spices, cinnamon and vanilla. A well structured wine that offers elegance and length on the palate.
This very fine estate is made up of 7 acres of vines surrounding a magnificent house that was the former home of a lyon silk manufacturer. Since 1975, when her husband died, Madame Jorcin has been helped by two wine growers, a father and son who work in the vines and take care of the vilification. Georges Duboeuf has been buying the estate’s wine for several decades.
Pairs well with red meats, Coq Au Vin, grilled or oven roasted wild boar and distinctive cheeses. Ideal serving temperature is 54F.