The Domaine Laurent Perrachon is based in Julienas, but owns a strikingly varied group of parcels in the various Beaujolais Crus — in addition to Julienas, there is Chénas, St. Amour, Fleurie, Morgon, and Moulin à Vent. The Perrachons vinify the wines according to the soils — some are raised in large foudres (with no oak influence on the flavor); others in small oak barrels in the Burgundy style.
Along with Julienas, Moulin à Vent produces wines with particularly good aging potential. We like both styles the Domaine produces — the Terres Roses raised in foudres and with excellent structure and mineral lines accompanying its fruit; and the Burdelines, raised in small oak barrels and more resembling Burgundy from Pinot Noir in its aromatic profile and palate. In the town of Julienas, we particularly like the “Vignes Centennaires,” which comes from hundred-year-old vines and is raised in small oak barrels.