Antoine Sunier

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Régnié, Beaujolais
People: Antoine Sunier, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Antoine Sunier 2018 Morgon AOC Login WA 92+ AG 93 WA 91 In Stock
Antoine Sunier 2018 Regnie AOC Login WA 92 AG 92 WA 93 In Stock
Antoine Sunier 2018 Regnie, Montmerond, AOC Login WA 94 AG 93 WA 95 In Stock

Antoine Sunier is a Beaujolais newcomer. For most newcomers, it takes a few years to learn the ropes and even more time to make one’s name known. Not Antoine. His inaugural 2014 vintage gained enthusiastic praise and accredited him as one of the newest stars of the region. With only a few vintages under his belt, Antoine’s domaine has just begun to glisten.

Antoine grew up in Dijon, the capital of Côte-d'Or, Burgundy. While his family was not in the wine scene, this proximity to the wine world had a great impact on Antoine as well as his older brother Julien Sunier. After graduation, Julien followed the vigneron road while Antoine’s path led to telecommunications. Having a strong relationship with his brother, Antoine vacationed at Julien’s Beaujolais domaine and helped work the vineyards and cellar. He learned that he loved the life of a vigneron. The land was calling him.

Finally, in 2012, Antoine left his job to study enology in Beaune. His studies led him to intern at two organic estates, Domaine Lapalu in Beaujolais and Chateau de Prémeaux in Burgundy. Two years later, in 2014, he purchased a house with a small cellar in the village of Régnié. His brother helped him find choice parcels and source equipment for the vineyards and cellar. Thanks to Julien’s contacts, the vineyards Antoine acquired had all been well maintained and organically farmed. The Morgon vines have been certified organic since 2003. The Régnié vines are in transformation to organic viticulture. As of today (2017), Antoine tends 4.5 hectares: 3.3 hectares in Régnié and 1.2 hectares in Morgon.

Antoine is a minimalist in the cellar. He crafts natural wine using carbonic maceration with indigenous yeast. No artificial additives are used. The wine flows by gravity into used Burgundy barrels (8+ years old) and epoxy-lined concrete tanks. It matures for 7 to 8 months and is bottled without fining or filtration. Only a small addition of SO2 is used at bottling.

Media Links
Wineanorak.com: In Beaujolais: Julien Sunier, Antoine Sunier and Domaine de la Combe Aux Loup
Punch.com: The Insider's Guide to Beaujolais

Vinous 3/2018
"This small, relatively new estate (4.5 hectares, of which 0.8 owned) was established by young Antoine Sunier, a Dijon native and graduate of Beaune’s Lycée Viticole, in 2014. Based on all the releases that I’ve tried so far (which is, well, all of them) it’s already a name to be reckoned with for high-quality, elegant and expressive Beaujolais. Sunier’s older brother, Julien, set up his own domain in 2008 and has already established himself as one of the region’s most respected addresses. The wines here (a single Morgon and a single Régnié) bear plenty of resemblance to their cousins’, stylistically. The fruit is grown organically, the wines are made by carbonic maceration and native yeasts, with no enzymes added. They are then aged in concrete tanks and small, neutral oak barrels before being bottled, with only a small hit of sulfur, without fining and filtration. This methodology puts Sunier’s wines comfortably into the “natural” category but, in my experience at least, they don’t head off into la Ville de Funk, like so many other examples made with such a hands-off approach."


Wine Advocate 8/2017
"Antoine is rapidly going places since he debuted his first wines with the 2014 vintage, adopting the organic and biodynamic tenets of his brother. Both of Antoine's wines come recommended, but in particular the superb Régnié that managed to overcome that destructive hailstorm. These wines are driven by the racy acidity, around pH levels of 2.70 and so will appeal to those seeking freshness and energy in their Beaujolais."


Vinous 8/2016
"Antoine Sunier, a native of Dijon, is the younger brother of Julien Sunier, who is one of the region's ascendant stars, and these 2014s represent his inaugural vintage. It's a pretty impressive debut, for sure. Antoine studied at the viticultural school in Beaune and followed up by working with Jean-Paul Lapalu, one of the most highly regarded winemakers in Beaujolais, before setting up his own estate. The wines are made by carbonic maceration followed by aging in small, used wooden barrels, with no sulfur applied until bottling. The purity and energy of these wines will thrill fans of Antoine’s brother's work, as well as any fan of Beaujolais in the vibrant mode."

Reviews

  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Morgon AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92+ (8/30/2019)

    From the lieu-dit Grands Cras, Sunier's 2018 Morgon exhibits aromas of cassis, red plums, rose petals, licorice and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, with more depth and structure here. This cuvée is raised entirely in used barrels.
  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Regnie AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/30/2019)

    The 2018 Régnié was bottled a mere two weeks before I tasted it, but it nonetheless bursts from the glass with expressive aromas of ripe berries, cherries, licorice and warm spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and supple, with succulent acids, melting tannins and a flavorful finish. This is a terrific cru Beaujolais that's well worth seeking out.
  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Regnie, Montmerond, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (8/30/2019)

    Aromas of rose petals, raspberries, cherries and woodsmoke introduce the 2018 Régnié Cuvée Montmerond, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered wine that's pretty and elegant, with fine tannins and a livelier, more elegant profile than Sunier's superb regular Régnié. Incipiently complex and utterly charming, this is well worth seeking out. It's matured in used barrels.
  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Morgon AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/17/2019)

    Brilliant magenta. Pungent red/dark berry, cherry pit and licorice scents are sharpened by building spice and smoky mineral flourishes. Offers intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that slowly gain sweetness in the glass and pick up a suave floral pastille nuance. Unfurls steadily with air and finishes sappy, sweet and impressively long, with repeating florality and slow-building tannins.
  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Regnie AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (10/17/2019)

    Deep ruby. Fresh dark berries, cherry pie, candied violet and a suggestion of smoky minerals on the assertively perfumed nose. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy blueberry, cherry compote, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that slowly tighten up with air. Finishes sappy, smooth and very long, showing persistent florality and fine-grained tannins that rise up slowly.
  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Regnie, Montmerond, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/17/2019)

    Shimmering magenta. Vibrant, mineral-accented red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by hints of candied lavender, exotic spices and incense. Silky, pliant and alluringly sweet, offering palate-caressing raspberry, cherry preserve and spicecake flavors that are given lift and focus by a spine of smoky minerality. Made in a pure, energetic style, showing solid finishing thrust, well-knit tannins and lingering florality. From what I've seen of the 2018s this is definitely one of the stars of the appellation in this vintage.
  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Morgon AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (5/29/2020)

    The 2018 Morgon is also performing well, exhibiting aromas of wild berries, smoked meats, licorice and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and sapid, its delicate core of fruit is complemented by carnal nuances and framed by powdery tannins. Revisited from bottle, this is the wildest, most rustic of Sunier's 2018s. Revisiting Sunier's 2018s with another year of bottle age (as his 2019s had yet to be bottled), they showed even better, and once again they're warmly recommended.
  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Regnie AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (5/29/2020)

    The 2018 Régnié continues to perform brilliantly, soaring from the glass with a lovely bouquet of red berries, plums, Indian spices and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and seamless, it's deep and complete, displaying terrific energy and purity of fruit. Sunier has really excelled himself with this cuvée. Revisiting Sunier's 2018s with another year of bottle age (as his 2019s had yet to be bottled), they showed even better, and once again they're warmly recommended.
  • Antoine Sunier 2018 Regnie, Montmerond, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (5/29/2020)

    From certified organic vines, Sunier's 2018 Régnié Cuvée Montmerond confirms its superb showing last year, mingling aromas of cherries and blackberries with hints of rose petals and spices. Medium to full-bodied, suave and enveloping, it's deep and multidimensional, with a cool core of fruit that entirely conceals its elegantly powdery tannins and lively balancing acids. This is worth a special effort to track down. Revisiting Sunier's 2018s with another year of bottle age (as his 2019s had yet to be bottled), they showed even better, and once again they're warmly recommended.