Laurent Perachon is Beaujolais. The Julienas history mentions the Perrachon name in 1601. The Perrachon family acquired the domain of la Bottière, in Juliénas, in 1877. Then came the Domaine des Perelles on the Romanèche-Thorins territory, at the feet of the Moulin-à-Vent hills. The Domaine des Mouilles, now the heart of the Perrachon operations, was acquired in 1989. It is the heart of the Julienas appellation, benefiting from the best exposure and the best soils.
Recently, Perrachon added smaller parcels in Chénas, Fleurie, and Saint Amour. Now, the harvest covers six appellations: Julienas of course, but also Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chenas and our latest addition, Saint-Amour. This makes us the independent winemaker in Beaujolais with the most comprehensive list of crus.
Both red and rose wines come from a single varietal - Gamay. Vines are
pruned short, in "goblet" and "Cordon de Royat". Part of the property is planted with very old vines, 80 to 100 years old.
Perrachone also have a rare white Beaujolais made of achardonnay, the traditional varietal of the great white Burgundies.
Here, the harvest is still done by hand. Traditional Burgundy winemaking techniques are combined with the carbonic maceration typical of Beaujolais. Fermenting lasts 6 to 8 days for "Villages" up to 18 days for "Terroirs selections".
The wines are then maturing slowly in the 1702 cellar, to the bottling, starting
Why's this wine for you?
The emblematic and historic family estate of Laurent Perrachon. They are one of the leading luminaries driving the reignition of the region and have been courted by some of the world's leading wine importers and wholesalers, particularly in the US and Europe. And guess what? The Wine Collective is their exclusive importer into Australia.
Using classic, goblet-trained, old-vine material from some of the leading climates, Perrachon make dynamic, organic, terroir-driven wines that seem to have more in common with the great estates of Burgundy, than they do with Beaujolais itself. They are intensely cerebral wines that will have you coming back for more.
This Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes is the most affordable Perrachon wine we've brought into Australia, and with this new 2020 release (literally just landed!) the quality has hit another high. Round, delicate, finely layered red fruit in a proudly light and airy style, the palate juicy, rounded, yet with perfectly poised acidity. And did we mention the concentration of fruit? That’s the power of the old vine difference.
If you are looking for the next big thing in Beaujolais then you can’t go past the emblematic and historic family estate of Laurent Perrachon. And it’s also at a great price. When you can pay hundreds (literally hundreds!) of dollars for even an average bottle of Burgundy, this is expressive, organic, old-vine Beaujolais
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A charming wine, flowery and fruity, elegant and rich in finesse. It grew on granite floors in the famous La Madone location. It smells of violets, peonies, and cherries. Seductive and elegant on the palate, with mild tannins and fresh acidity. A lively wine with a wonderful drinkable flow.