This Juliénas Classique is made from grapes from 35- to 40-year-old vines. Half the grapes are destemmed before they are pressed. The must then undergoes classic fermentation in a concrete tank for around twelve days. The result is a wine with a mineral character and moderate alcohol content of 12.5%. The bouquet exhibits black fruit (blackcurrants, cherries) and spice (cloves, cinnamon, black pepper) notes. When ready for drinking, the wine is fresh and dense on the palate, with good acidity and a medium length. The vines grow on a blue slate soil and the fruit is harvested by hand. The yields are modest, and never exceed 40 hectolitres per hectare.
Domaine du Bois de Chat is a young winery founded in 2014 that is run by Jeremy Bally. His small property comprises five hectares of vines in the Juliénas cru. The winery is making the changeover to organic growing techniques. Jeremy Bally attaches great importance to producing wines that are as authentic and typical of their origins as possible. This is why his wines are spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts. He also uses no more sulphur than necessary to stabilize them, never adding more than 20 to 50 mg/l. Beaujolais is home to a steadily growing group of producers who espouse natural methods.