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 2019 Morgon AOC Login AG 93 In Stock
Antoine Sunier 2019 Regnie AOC Login AG 92 In Stock
Antoine Sunier 2019 Regnie, Montmerond, AOC Login AG 94 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 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 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 2019 Regnie, Montmerond, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (8/24/2021)

    A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe, spice-accented red berries and cherry liqueur, smoky minerals and a hint of incense. Energetic, mineral-laced blueberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and take on a hint of candied licorice with air. Smooth, harmonious tannins add framework to the impressively long, floral-tinged finish, which leaves behind a sweet touch of red fruit preserves.
  • Antoine Sunier 2019 Regnie AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (8/24/2021)

    Red berry preserves, lavender and musky herbs on the nose, along with hints of star anise and smoky minerals. Silky and animated on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that become spicier as the wine opens up. Shows sharp delineation and closes with bright, mineral-driven intensity, a hint of red currant and strong tenacity.
  • Antoine Sunier 2019 Morgon AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (8/24/2021)

    Pungent dark berry, cherry and exotic spice aromas show fine clarity and pick up a subtle mocha accent as the wine opens up. Broad and fleshy in style, offering nicely concentrated blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that tighten up steadily with air. The floral note repeats on a very long, juicy finish framed by well-knit tannins.