Julien Sunier 2018 Regnie AOC

Julien Sunier 2018 Regnie AOC

Item Number: 13319

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Sub Region: Beaujolais
Appellation/AVA: Regnie AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Gamay
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Pink granite with sand, clay, and alluvium
Elevation: 280 and 400 meters

Lieux Dits: Grapes were sourced from En Oeillat (1.10ha) , Les Forchets (0.34ha), and La Ronze (1.60ha). The average vine age is 60 years old. Organic agriculture has been in place for the totality of the domaine since its creation with six acres of vines certified Agriculture Biologique, 4 additional acres in organic conversion, and the remaining 10 acres left as meadow.

Winemaking Notes: The harvest is conducted entirely by hand. A careful selection is done in the vineyard, so that only the grape bunches which will go into the tank are returned to the winery. Each transport bin is large as well as shallow so that grapes are not crushed in transit. The whole grape clusters are loaded into the tanks by gravity and saturated with inert gas CO2 in order to begin the alcoholic fermentation in an anaerobic state. Once the tanks are full, a gentle foot crushing is applied with care to start the carbonic fermentation with indigenous yeast. After one to three weeks of fermentation at low temperatures, the grapes are manually removed from the tank, without the aid of pump, and the juice drains from the solids slowly, during 24 hours, in a vertical wooden basket press Julien acquired in the Côte D’Or. The wine matures for eight months in 80% old Burgundy barrels and 20% epoxy cement tanks. It is bottled unfiltered and with a small addition of sulfites.

Tasting Notes: The nose is dominated by orchard peach followed by a palate possessing velvety tannins. Savory notes will pair well with charcuterie.

About Régnié: From Vinepair : "Elevated in 1988, Régnié is the youngest of the Beaujolais crus, and stylistically, it brings together the fresh fruit of Brouilly with a bit of the body and structure of Morgon. It’s supple but lively, with bright raspberry flavors and often a spicy note that makes it distinctive."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92+ (8/30/2019)

    Matured in used barrels from Chambolle-Musigny's Domaine Roumier, this is the first bottling of Sunier's 2018 Régnié, amounting to some 7,000 bottles out of a total production closer to 20,000. Wafting from the glass with scents of wild berries, potpourri and dark chocolate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with powdery structuring tannins, good concentration and a sapid finish. Recently bottled, I suspect it will perform even better with a year in the cellar.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/17/2019)

    Vivid purple. Heady aromas of mineral-accented red/blue fruits, floral pastilles and incense take on a spicy nuance as the wine stretches out. Fleshy and seamless in the mouth, offering intense black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a hint of candied rose. Finishes seamless, sweet and very long, showing an echo of florality and supple, even tannins that add gentle grip.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (5/29/2020)

    The 2018 Régnié confirms its fine showing last year, wafting from the glass with a perfumed bouquet of raspberries, peonies, orange rind and exotic spices. Medium to full-bodied, supple and succulent and built around powdery tannins and lively acids, it concludes with a long and sapid finish.