Andrew Guard

2018 Chiroubles 'La Montagne', Jules Métras

Glistening ruby. Gorgeous spice and mineral-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are enhanced by musk and violet. Pliant and sweet on entry, offering bitter cherry and black currant flavors that quickly flesh out and take a attractively juicy turn with air. Super fine tannins lend shape to a very long finish that echoes the cherry and earth notes.

Jules Métras, son of the legendary Yvon, has just released the fifth vintage of his own wines, a Beaujolais-Villages from two parcels in Bize, a very cold hamlet of the village Vauxrenard, a Chiroubles and a new wine this year from a parcel just near AOP limit of 500m altitude, called Chiroubles 'La Montagne'.

Jules makes the wine in much the same way his father does and side by side in the same cellar (pictured below) - the fruit, harvested relatively late, is cooled down before gentle, long, cool carbonic fermentation with natural yeasts in sealed concrete vats. The attention to detail meticulous with little notes in chalk written in code all along the various small cement tanks, just like his father. And no sulfur, like his father.