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Château des Capitans Juliénas 2021


This wine offers a brilliant garnet color. There are superb aromas of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry with a hint of spice, white pepper and vanilla. Full-bodied and rich, with a solid tannic backbone and good aging potential.

Wine Facts

VITICULTURE: The remarkable old vines (over 50 years old) form one single, undivided vineyard of approximately 29.7 acres (12 hectares) circling the estate and benefitting from optimal soil and microclimate conditions. A Southeast hillside exposure to the sun allows the grapes to attain perfect ripening before they are manually harvested in whole bunches.

VINIFICATION: After destemming, the grapes undergo maceration that lasts between 10 to 12 days. Fermentation is conducted at temperatures around 86° F (30° C). Eighty percent of the wine is aged in stainless-steel vats, and 20 percent in one-year old French Oak Barrels, for 8 months.

FAMILY: This 18th century castle is situated in the heart of AOC Cru Juliénas, in a locality known as Les Capitans. Centuries-old cedar trees in the stately gardens stand as tall sentinels of a long, illustrious past. According to popular tradition, this locality has preserved unmistakable signs of its Roman origin. Considered a strategic point, this site was in all likelihood where military staff headquarters were located. Thus the name Capitan, which refers to the officer rank of Captain, or first in command.

Producer: Georges Duboeuf
Region: A.O.C. Juliénas
Country: France
Wine Composition: 100% Gamay
Alcohol: 13%
Residual Sugar: 1.2 G/L
pH: 3.458
Total Acidity: 5.96  G/L

Press Highlights

2022: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Apr 2024
2020: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Dec 2021
2019: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Apr 2021
2019: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Nov 2021
2018: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2019
2017: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2019
2017: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2019
2017: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Dec 2018
2016: 91 Pts ‘Editor’s Choice’ - Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2018
2016: 91 Pts - Vinous, March 2018
2015: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Dec 2016
2015: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate, Aug 2016
2015: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2017
2015: 90 Pts - Vinous, Jan 2017

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