Chateau des Capitans is produced by Georges Duboeuf
, often described as the King of Beaujolais, and also its most tireless ambassador. Having pioneered modern winemaking in the region and stoked the fires of the Beaujolais boom with unrivalled vigour, he refuses to rest on his laurels. Duboeuf still tastes hundreds of wines each day, and marshals his enormous range almost singlehandedly. Juliènas is always considered to be one of the fuller, deeper Beaujolais
with more lasting power than some of the other Crus. The nineteenth-century Château des Capitans
is situated in the heart of the Juliénas cru, in the hamlet called Les Capitans. The vineyard consists of a single seven-hectare block, lying at 320 metres above sea level, and with an ideal south-south-east exposure. The soil is made up of granite, clay and alluvial silt. The must was fermented at 20-30ºC, and twenty percent was aged in oak. Delicious, complex wine, full of blueberry and jasmine: rich and expressive, while retaining Beaujolais’s characteristic juiciness.
Juliènas Chateau des Capitans, Georges Duboeuf, is delicious, complex wine, full of blueberry and jasmine: rich and expressive, while retaining Beaujolais’s characteristic juiciness.
“Dark crimson. Embryonic nose. Meaty scents and lots of very ripe fruit. Then chewy tannins on the finish with some acidity noticeable. A very substantial wine that’s almost like a young red burgundy.” – 17/20, www.jancisrobinson.com.