Antoine Sunier 2018 Morgon AOC

Antoine Sunier 2018 Morgon AOC

Item Number: 13325

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Sub Region: Beaujolais
Appellation/AVA: Morgon 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: 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.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.