2015 Jean-Michel Dupre "Haut Ronze" Regnie

SKU #1282950 93 points Vinous

 Bright magenta. Vibrant, spice-tinged red berry and floral qualities on the highly perfumed nose; a mineral flourish adds urgency. Pure, gently sweet and focused on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors that flesh out slowly with aeration. Powerful yet lithe, delivering strong closing thrust, impressive persistence and repeating mineral and floral notes. This is a distinctly graceful wine for the vintage and it has the balance to age.  (1/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Regnie Haute Ronze spent 6 months in concrete vats. It has a clean and pure blueberry and red cherry-scented bouquet, slightly floral in style. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, smooth and quite sensual in the mouth, balanced with a caressing raspberry and strawberry finish, a smear of vanilla on the aftertaste. This is a great Regnie from Jean-Michel Dupré. (NM)  (8/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 These are definitely old vines, at nearly 100 years of age. The wine from this impeccable producer is juicy with great fruitiness and rich red-cherry flavors. It has fine acidity and light tannins. As befits a wine from Regnié, it is likely to age easily and with fine fruit. Drink from 2017.  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Jean-Michel Dupre starting with next to nothing: only a farm and a 2 hectare vineyard left by his father. When the question of succession arose Jean-Michel could not pass on the opportunity. He converted an old farm building into a winery and went in search of well-located plots in Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, Morgon, and Régnié. What sets him apart from many other winemakers in the region is the age of his vineyard, which has vines on it that are around 100 years old.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2017 | Send Email
This was was good last year, but this year it is spectacular. Classic Gamay red cherry and dark berry notes with a beautifully soft silky texture are all present here. Hints of spice and enough acid to balance the wine make this an absolute steal especially at this price.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2017 | Send Email
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From the newest and one of the smallest Cru Beaujolais vineyards comes the 2015 Jean Michel Dupre "Haut Ronze" Vieilles Vignes Regnie an out-of-this-world value. We have heard about the outstanding quality of the 2015 vintage in Beaujolais but I did not expect it to be this good. The Haut Ronze has beautiful aromas of blackberry preserves, spice and hints of crushed volcanic rock. The palate is pure and long, with excellent length and balance with surprisingly good acidity. If you want to try one of the best values I have ever tasted from Beaujolais then grab a bottle of the 2015 Jean Michel Dupre "Haut Ronze" Vieilles Vignes Regnie.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2016 | Send Email
Back up the truck, clear out a space in my cellar, and get out of the way: I just found my new house bottle of red. The new vintage of Regnie is an absolutely beautiful balance of dark berries, violets, minerality, and spice, all for the low, low price of $12.99 per bottle. Our Burgundy team has struck gold with this vintage of Regnie from Dupre. While we've brought in some fantastic wines from the lesser-known Beaujolais village, this is the best I've ever tasted. It's also the most affordable. Juicy, plump, but with structure and acidity. Complex, layered, enticing, and just a hot deal all around.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/17/2016 | Send Email
Another excellent example of the powerful 2015 vintage! This lovely little Gamay has open, expressive aromas of black cherry and cassis. On the palate the wine shows a definite influence from the volcanic soils, with a fine mineral streak and good acidity to balance the ripe fruit. Overall very expressive and lovely!

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/14/2016 | Send Email
Loaded with flavors of red cherries, blueberries and hints of chocolate, this Beaujolais is quite fleshy and rich in the mid-palate. Perhaps the excellent 2015 vintage helps this wine out, but for the money this wine is way over-delivering!

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.