Review: 2006 M.J. Vincent Juliénas Domaine le Cotoyon

Grown near the village of Juliénas, the Beaujolais wines from this region are as full-bodied and big as the region’s namesake, Julius Caesar. Fruitier than wines from Morgon, M.J. Vincent’s Juliénas offers peppery notes atop fresh fruit — berries and lightly tannic cherry flavors.

The trademark youth of Gamay — which manifests as a light bitterness — is clearly evident from the first sip, but if you’re looking for a good example of how Beaujolais can eke out more complex features than its traditional youth would otherwise indicate, this is a good wine to start with.

B / $20 / website unknown

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