The Estate From a winemaking family spanning 5 generations, Lilian Matray and his wife Sandrine work the family estate. The estate buildings are in Juliénas, a charming little village in Beaujolais, while the estate’s vines grow on 27 acres of slopes that are in the Juliénas appellation, as well as in Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent and St. Amour. I think it was Salvador Dali who said “To make a great wine one needs a madman to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make the wine, a lover to drink it!”
Domaine Matray exemplifies this approach guaranteed to make all of us fall in love with their wines. Juliénas One of the most renowned of the Beaujolais Crus, where vines have been grown since Julius Cesar’s time (hence the name). A vigorous, powerfully built wine with a very deep ruby robe. The nose is dense with notes of peony, violet or cinnamon and raspberry and blackcurrant aromas. It is as enjoyable young as after a few years in the cellar. Serve at 14°C with coq au vin, game and poultry in sauce. Wine is the work of a craftsman, where the winemaker, intent upon his wine follows its fortunes intimately. He bends over his vines to give them the loving care they need to produce the finest of grapes. Once the harvest is done he makes the wine and carries it through to its fulfilment; tasting.