There’s camping and there’s glamping. There’s Beaujolais and there’s Beaujolais Cru. While you might not be a fan of a rustic and purposely unsophisticated escape no matter how beautiful the landscape; dissing all outdoors overnight stays because of a distressing excursion that only served to remind you how much of an urban creature you are, it’s like vetoing the wines of Beaujolais because of a bottle of rustic and purposely unsophisticated vin de primeur that only served to remind you what Ribena tastes like.
Burgundy’s provincial and southern neighbour relies on unassuming Gamay instead of diva Pinot Noir, and just like glamping is a fabulous experience miles away from a Boy Scout’s nightmare (or dream, as some people actually enjoy the “adventure”), when it grows and becomes wine in the ten sub-regions known as Beaujolais Cru, Gamay goes from a shabby tent and a dodgy fireplace to a luxurious yurt and a gourmet picnic under the stars.
Vincent Julienas La Conseillere 2014 comes from one of these regions, the second northernmost just below Saint-Amour. The name Julienas is a nod at Julius Cesar and the Roman Emperor actually walked the earth at a time where the land was already a veteran wine region. Soils have less granite than other crus, but are generous in volcanic rocks with some sand and clay.
Its light colour foretells its gentle character. It shows aromas of juicy, ripe red fruit, mostly cranberries and red cherries, with a bit of dried mango, cinnamon and clove. If you have bitten a pencil, you can imagine the type of minerality felt on the palate, and if you have touched a cashmere pashmina you can imagine what its tannins are like.
Wondering what to serve Vincent Julienas La Conseillere 2014 with? “It can be drank with all types of food”, told us Jean Bourjade, Executive Officer of Inter Beaujolais, last year over an interview. However, we’ve found that pairing it with a charcuterie tray works like a charm. If you feel like cooking for it, try something flavourful yet not too overpowering such as chicken quesadillas, bangers and mash or baked crostini with Mozzarella, Proscuitto and figs.
Vincent Julienas La Conseillere 2014 is available at O’Briens Wine at €20.95.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.