Destemmed at 30 to 50%. Fermentation between 12 to 16 days. Daily punching-down or pump-over. Ageing : at least 9 months in concrete tanks or foudres (big casks). 2017 will be remembered as a year heavily touched by the vagaries of the climate, with ,violent hailstorms at the beginning of the summer (where we had been touched in Moulin à Vent, Chénas and Fleurie), and widespread drought. Welcome rainfall on the day of the harvest brought a freshness that had been lacking up to that point. It enabled optimum maturity to be attained in those parcels most severely aected by hydric stress, allowing the Gamay grapes to express their full fruitiness and aromatic potential. The vines were not subject to disease in 2017, and even though their tongues were hanging out a little due to the lack of water, their sanitary condition was perfect, and the grapes that were brought in were of excellent quality - concentrated and with superb acidic balance. The thick, dense grape skins, together with the incidence of shot berries and modest proportions of juice, guaranteed magnificent levels of concentration. First tastings reveal wines that are perfectly balanced between acidity, fruit and tannins. As the vine roots needed to plunge even deeper into the earth to find their nourishment, it would appear that this year more than ever the remarkable terroirs excel in their expression. Whilst it is still a little early to define with precision, the 2017 vintage is already showing itself to be of immense quality. The vintage was compared to 2015 but the first juices confirm it, but definitely with more crispness, more elegance.
This vigorous wine has an intense ruby hue. Produced on a clay soil, it's bouquet is dominated by fruit aromas - peach, red fruit and flowers
Laurent Perachon is Beaujolais. The Julienas history mentions the Perrachon name in 1601. The Perrachon family acquired the domain of la Bottière, in Juliénas, in 1877. Then came the Domaine des Perelles on the Romanèche-Thorins territory, at the feet of the Moulin-à-Vent hills. The Domaine des Mouilles, now the heart of the Perrachon operations, was acquired in 1989. It is the heart of the Julienas appellation, benefiting from the best exposure and the best soils. Recently, Perrachon added smaller parcels in Chénas, Fleurie, and Saint Amour. Now, the harvest covers six appellations: Julienas of course, but also Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chenas and our latest addition, Saint-Amour. This makes us the independent winemaker in Beaujolais with the most comprehensive list of crus. Both red and rose wines come from a single varietal - Gamay. Vines are pruned short, in "goblet" and "Cordon de Royat". Part of the property is planted with very old vines, 80 to 100 years old. Perrachone also have a rare white Beaujolais made of achardonnay, the traditional varietal of the great white Burgundies. Here, the harvest is still done by hand. Traditional Burgundy winemaking techniques are combined with the carbonic maceration typical of Beaujolais. Fermenting lasts 6 to 8 days for "Villages" up to 18 days for "Terroirs selections". The wines are then maturing slowly in the 1702 cellar, to the bottling, starting around Easter.
ROGER VOSS - WINE ENTHUSIAST
Powerfully structured, this wine has rich tannins and ripe black fruits. Concentration gives the wine strength and density, promising good aging potential. Drink this wine from 2021.