Antoine Sunier 2018 Morgon AOC
Item Number: 13325
Sub Region: Beaujolais
Appellation/AVA: Morgon AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Gamay
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Ancient alluvial and very rocky soil
Elevation: 270 meters
Vineyard Notes: Grapes come from 60-year-old vines planted in the Croix de Chèvre section of the Grand Cras. The vineyard is certified organic and has been farmed organically since 2003.
Winemaking Notes: Wine is transferred to tanks by gravity. Only indigenous yeast are used. Whole cluster carbonic maceration takes place for 8-15 days, followed by horizontal pressing and manual racking. The Gamay ages on its lees for 8 months in 80% neutral Burgundy barrels and 20% cement epoxy tanks. The wine is not fined or filtered. Only a small amount of sulfur is added at bottling (10 mg/l).
Tasting Notes: The nose reveals fresh fruit aromas. The tannins are fine and elegant. Pair the Antoine Sunier Morgon with pork or white meat.
Featured in Punch.com as an Essential Beaujolais Wine (11/14/2018)
"Like his brother, Julien, Antoine Sunier came to Beaujolais to make wine as an outsider. He settled in Régnié, and while his wines can be less overtly juicy than his brother’s, they have a terrific savory aspect. This is an atypical Morgon from old vines in the southern part of the village, full of poppy seed and carob accents and a bit of charcoal-like bite to the tannin."
About Morgon: From Vinepair : "Second only to Moulin-a-Vent in terms of body and structure, Morgon is another fuller-bodied, more serious cru. Fortunately, it is also the second largest Beaujolais cru, with a concentration of high-quality producers, so it’s one of the most prevalent crus in the U.S. While granite – Gamay’s favorite soil to dig down into – is prevalent throughout the crus of Beaujolais, Morgon is especially granite-centric, creating concentrated, serious, and fairly tannic wines. Morgon is comprised of six named vineyards, the most famous of which is Cote du Py, and all of these wines get better – and much more interesting – with age."
About Antoine Sunier: The younger brother of Julien Sunier, Antoine released his first vintage in 2014. Together, the Sunier brothers are two of Beaujolais' rising stars, Before setting up his own estate, he studied viticulture in Beaune and worked with the highly respected Jean-Paul Lapalu.