Our last stop on the Beaujolais tour was the northernmost wine village in the appellation. It's called Juliénas (pop. 895), and to get there from Moulin-à-Vent you drive around a mountain, go fairly high up, and then drop down into a deep valley. The views along the way are nice.
In the World Atlas of Wine, I read that the wine of the Juliénas cru is more like the wine of Fleurie than that of Moulin-à-Vent. It's "Fleurie-like in youth, but at best fatter, fleshier, and spicier with the backbone to keep it going for five years." In other words, you can keep a bottle for five years with confidence that the wine will continue to improve.
"Juliénas is steep, ideally sheltered, and drained. No cru has a higher overall standard." That's from the same paragraph as the sentence above. In his earlier wine "encyclopedia" the same author says that Juliénas is considered to be "mealtime Beaujolais" rather than simply a thirst-quenching wine like many other Beaujolais vintages. And, I'll add, there's a big wine co-op in Juliénas that was open for business by the time we got there that afternoon.