2010 Potel-Aviron Julienas Cru Beaujolais "Vieilles Vignes" (Elsewhere $21)

SKU #1113590 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark violet color. Aromas of cherry, pipe tobacco and iron, with a meaty note in the background. Supple, sweet and fleshy, with mineral and meat notes complementing bitter cherry and dark berry skin flavors. Slightly hard-edged on the finish, which features notes of licorice and smoky herbs.  (4/2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Full of fragrant floral and spice notes, as well as expressive flavors of black raspberry, cherry puree, plum cake and smoky mineral. Fresh and refined, with light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

This is a great deal for old-vine, traditionally made cru Beaujolais! The vines average more than 50 years old in the two plots in Julienas that make up this wine.

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