Andrew Guard

2018 Chiroubles, Jules Métras

Bright violet, this has expansive black raspberry, cherry and floral scents, along with suggestions of minerals and spice. Nicely concentrated yet also lively in character, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that are enlivened by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Juicy tannins shape the lush finish. Lovely

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.