Over the years, the wines clubs of Vinesse have featured the fine wines of Chateau Julien on a number of occasions.
Actually, “a number of occasions” doesn’t even begin to describe it. I don’t have the figures in front of me, but it has to number in the dozens. And the reason is simple: Chateau Julien makes a wide spectrum of wines, and the quality is consistently impressive across the board.
The winery’s first vintage was 1982, and the two wines produced that year—a Chardonnay and a Merlot—were released in 1985. Proprietors Bob and Patty Brower were pioneers, as there wasn’t a whole lot of winemaking taking place in Monterey County at the time.
But, as you’re about to read, things have changed. Big time.
To mark their 30th anniversary in the wine business, the Browers recently sent a letter to many of their long-time customers. Here are excerpts from that note…
“It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago we moved to Monterey County and started our wine venture in Carmel Valley. There were barely a dozen wineries in all of Monterey back then… Our philosophy was to provide a Napa perception in Carmel Valley. In many ways, I believe we inspired others to join the winery owner club, and today nearly 60 wineries exist in the county.”
“Creating a warm environment (with) a roaring fireplace and a ‘one on one’ tasting perception gives our visitors the feeling of entering our home. In many ways, it is exactly the result we had intended.
“Our long-time winemaker of 30 years, Bill Anderson, knew from the beginning where to grow the best-quality grapes and produce the best wines. I am proud to say that we have won over 1,100 awards in the 30 years of wine production.”
That’s a lot of awards—proof of how good Chateau Julien’s wines are in the eyes of professional judges, as well as in the eyes of the Vinesse tasting panel.
Happy 30th, Chateau Julien…and here’s to 30 more!