2021 Héritage Domaine Paul Janin et Fils

Grapes Gamay
Colour Red
Origin France, Beaujolais
Other Certified Organic, Practising Organic
ABV 13%

Eric Janin says 2021 is much more Burgundy inflected than the warm 2020 vintage which spoke more of their southerly neighbour - The Rhone. This is clearest yet in the Cuvée Heritage. Which has grace and poise in spades, but it also is loaded with dense charm. Coming from 2 parcels- one in Tremblay with vines more than 80 years old. The other is Les Greneriers, these gnarly bush vines were planted in 1914 and the small quantity of fruit produced is incredible. Vivid, complex juice and totally complete. Harvested and vinified separately then aged for 15 months in big old wooden cuves. The assemblage of the 2 parcels is done a month before bottling. The 2021 is hugely successful. Dark berries, some damson and warm plum up front - then cleaner blueberry notes emerge and that underlying mineral streak, the Janin footprint picks up and gently speeds you on to the long, complete and overwhelmingly elegant finish, fabulous sleek integration of the fine tannins. L&S (Oct 2022)

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A fine bright mid purple. Peppery on the nose but with plenty of fruit too. I love the perfume here, this domaine has reached a level of class and consistency that impresses. Firm tannins behind so this is well short of full maturity, but all the ingredients are in balance. Drinking range: 2024 - 2027 Rating: **** Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Apr 2023)

Domaine Paul Janin et Fils

There’s an understated, almost bookish air about Eric Janin. Quietly spoken and clearly always thinking - Eric exudes a calm and reassured confidence. Nothing happens here by accident. Since its foundation just over a century ago by Eric's great-grandfather, the estate has grown from being a grower who sold their grapes to a proper 'domaine' who take care of every part of the process. Now at 8.5 HA Eric is fully satisfied: '..any larger and we cannot do the vineyards justice..' Such is the intensity of work that they do amongst the vines. The family has worked this land organically for as long as Eric can remember, and he's currently having this made official, he'll be certified for the 2023 releases.

The winery is traditional for this part of the world but notably pristine compared to many we visit. In the vineyard too the family's work is meticulous spending as much time as is needed, unsurprisingly the vines are in picture-perfect good health. 'Of course, this is where we spend our days,' says Eric 'this is where the wine is made!'. Everything is done by hand and under organic principles. Taking no shortcuts, they ensure they bring in the best fruit they can - and with a philosophy of minimal intervention in the cellar they’re crafting pure and pretty wines that brim with energy.

This is a range of wines that express with great clarity the family’s different vineyards and reflect Eric’s eye for detail and conscientious approach. Janin is making sophisticated Beaujolais here and is a gold-standard for Moulin à Vent.

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