Georges Duboeuf Château de Capitans Juliénas, Beaujolais, France

The emblem of Georges Duboeuf wines is the flower. From the bottle labels to the grounds that surround his Beaujolais wine campus; flowers represent the elegance, simplicity and a common characteristic of Gamay grapes grown in Beaujolais.


The Georges Duboeuf Château de Capitans produced in the Juliénas cru is an exeption to that floral rule. On the nose it is purely a fruit concoction. Medium density blackberry, blueberry and raspberry rule the roost.


Into the gulp the range gets much wider, high-tech marketers would label it dynamic or scalable! The attack (first sensation) is freshness, the fruit rolls in and you notice the blackberry and raspberry are much more intense and have in consequence squeezed out the blueberry to near extinction. Next is shot of salt, before the curtain closing tidy and tight tannin punctuation.


Musical Match: Michael Jackson’s Black or White. Many of his songs could be described as flowery, but MJ leaves all flowers out of this song. Intense melodies, sharp lyrics and a guitar lick that is crisp and tidy and rocking. The wine is all about the straight forward nose, then hitting you with something that is deeper and more intense than you would expect. The video for song also plays into that metaphor, it starts off as a silly skit between George Wendt of Cheers fame re-enacting the comedic preface to all those Twisted Sister, father berating son. The son is played by Macauley Culkin. I am not sure the skit has aged as well as the song, but don’t let that get in the way of a great song or a really nice wine. Cheers.


Special thanks to Inter Beaujolais for providing all transportation, hotels, meals and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of the Beaujolais wine region of France during a four day tour. The wine discussed in this blog entry was tasted during that promotional tour.

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