Domaine Pascal Granger is located in the hamlet of Les Poupets within the village of Julienas in the heart of the finest sector of the Beaujolais district. This estate has been in the Granger family for over two hundred years, dating to Napoleonic times, and has passed from father to son continually. The domaine encompasses 14 hectares with vineyard holdings in the home village of Julienas and extending through the neighboring villages of Jullie, Chenas, La Chapelle de Guinchay and Leynes. All harvesting is done manually and treatments in the vineyards are minimal with weed-growth tolerated between the vines. The Cuvee Speciale is a selection from the oldest vines of Gamay at the domaine with an average age in excess of 70 years. They are grown on granite and bluestone soils that enhance the aromatics and offer notes of black pepper and peonies. After an initial fermentation that lasts around 2 weeks in concrete, the wine is racked into vat with 20% being separated and aged in large oak casks for approximately 8 months before it is blended back and bottled. The limited yields from these old vines produce a wine of great character: structured but generous, with the potential to age from four to eight years and beyond in the best of vintages. This 2016 offers attractive muscle, so open early to allow aeration and serve at cellar temperature, around 58-60 degrees. With only about 6000 bottles of this produced annually, it’s a steal and exciting wine to share with you this holiday season.