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A bold, fruity Gamay with plenty of spice that has been oaked and bottled unfiltered.
A very classic Juliénas, except for the part where it is aged in oak barrels for two years and then bottled unfiltered. The result is a wine that I would characterize as elegantly burgundian. If you've never been convinced that Gamay can become Pinot Noir like or as the French would say "Pinoter" then you should try this!
|Arrival Date||3 Sept 2021|
|Last Tasted||12 Jul 2021|
|Winemaking||Spontaneous Yeast, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low Added Sulphur, Barrel Fermented, Malolactic|
|Aged In||Barrel (new), Barrel (old)|
|Key Features||Oaked, Reserve, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan|
|Bought In (year)||2021|
The 13 acre Domaine de Milleranche was formed when nine generations of winemakers from two families joined together to produce wines of which they are proud.
“The Cuvée Corpore Sano” is a Juliénas Cru aged 2 years in oak barrels.
There's also a little "Jeu de mots" (word game) as translation of Corpore Sano into French is Corps Sain – The winemakers family name is Corsin!
A balanced and reasoned man, who knows how to manage himself naturally, can claim to have a healthy soul in a healthy body: "mens sana in corpore sano". It is the same with wine whose soul sings in the bottles. This cuvée comes from a cask of Juliénas "forgotten" at the back of the cellars for two years before being bottled without any filtration.
This serendipitous act of a lost barrel has led to a wine with a remarkable 2 years of ageing in barrel something that is quite rare in Juliénas and in Beaujolais in general.
Time has allowed the tannins offered by the barrel to round and mingle finely with those of wine while allowing the wine to develop some lovely complex tertiary aromas.
Corsin have always made a wine that’s aged in oak for 1 year. They vinify Julienas from 5 different plots and after vinification select which wines to age in steel tanks and which wines to age in oak.
In 2013 they found that after ageing the wine in barrel for a year, one barrel had particularly harsh tannins. So, decided to give the wines a further 1-2 months of ageing planning to taste and rebottle later but DID ACTUALLY forget the barrel. It was only in 2015 when assessing the 2014 wines that they discovered the missing barrel from 2013 with 2 years of ageing, The extra time in barrel had delivered a dramatic effect with the harsh tannins softening and mellowing. He was so impressed that they now make a wine in this style every year from the parcels which produce the most tannic wines.