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Château des Capitans Juliénas 2018

Overview

This 2018 vintage displays a brilliant garnet color, with superb aromas of blackberry, bluebery and black cherry with a hint of spice, white pepper and vanilla. This is a full-bodied, rich wine with a solid tannic backbone signifying good aging potential. 

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
This remarkable old vines (over 50 years old) form one single, undivided vineyard of approximately 29.7 acres circling the estate and benefit from optimal soil and microclimate conditions. Southeast hillside exposure to the sun allows the grapes to attain perfect ripening before they are harvested. Harvesting of this wine is done manually, in whiole bunches and the grapes are de-stemmed. Maceration lasts between 10-12 days and fermentation is conducted at temperatures around 86 F (30 C). 20% of the wine is aged for 8 months in new French oak, with the rest in stainless-steel. Chateau des Capitans is owned by the Duboeuf family. 

Interesting Facts
This 19th-century castle is situated right in the heart of the AOC Cru Juliénas, in a locality knows as Les Capitans. Centuries-old cedar trees in the stately gardens stand as tall sentinels of a long, illustrious past. The remarkably old vines form one single, undivided vineyard circling the estate and benefit from optimal soil and microclimate conditions.

Serving Hints

This wine is best served with braised lamb, slow-cooed ribs, chili and aged cheeses.


PRODUCER: Georges Duboeuf
COUNTRY: France
REGION: A.O.C. Juliénas
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gamay
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.9 g/l
pH: 3.49
ACIDITY: 5.80 g/l
ALCOHOL: 14.1%

Press Highlights

2018: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Feb 2019
2018: 91 Pts - Vinous, Oct 2019
2018: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Apr 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, March 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
2014: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Dec 2016
2014: 90 Pts - Vinous Aug 2016
2014: 89 Pts - Wine Advocate # 219, June 2015
2010: 89 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 2011
2009: 89 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2010
2007: 89 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2009
2005: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Oct. 2006

 
 
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