Chateau Juvenal Jolie Old Vine Grenache-Syrah 2015

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The name 'Jolie means 'pretty' in French, and we found this wine to be very pretty indeed. A specially selected cuvee created at Château Juvenal in the Ventoux, the vineyards are located on the hillsides and plateau near Graveyron. Château Juvenal is considered among the best terroirs available in the appellation and has been certified organic since 2012. In 2011, Anne-Marie and Bernard Forestier and Sébastien Alban merged their domaines to create 20 hectares, built the cellars of Château Juvenal, and made Château Juvenal wines at the castle for the first time, under the leadership of benevolent Philippe Cambie, internationally renowned oenologist (named best wine consultant of the 2010 year by Robert Parker).

In the winter Sébastien cuts the vines with yield in mind, in the spring he debuds and tops with sap in mind, and in the summer he removes misplaced clusters and thins to let in light. The fruit is harvested by hand on a parcel by parcel basis over several weeks. The harvest dates are selected under Philippe Cambie’s watch. All sorting takes place in the vineyard. Once the fruit from a parcel is harvested it is immediately cooled in the winery. The fruit is cooled for 48 hours then destemmed and put in a pneumatic press for two to three hours. It is then run into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with each tank representing a single parcel. The tanks destined for red wine see a long maceration with pump-over and delestage twice a day for one month. The result of all the detailed work is amazing raw material, wines that rival much more famous and expensive neighboring appellations. Jolie is a wine with great concentration and finesse in one.  

Jolie 'Old Vine Grenache-Syrah' 2015:  made from clay, sand, limestone (calcaire), small cailloux soils. 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah vinified in stainless steel (no oak).  Jolie presents a deep dark crimson color with powerful jammy red and black fruits and spicy nuances in the nose. The mid-palate is complex, velvety and fruit driven with lots of viscosity. There is surprising length and character for a wine at this price.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Cotes du Ventoux
Brand Chateau Juvenal
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Bottle ShopLush, heady and exuberant with red and black fruits, spices, and floral components. This is fresh and balanced yet deep and rich. Wow. What a great buy. You can taste the pedigree. The perfect choice for people craving a big, powerful red but want one made in a natural, organic way.