2016 Domaine Jean-Michel Dupré "Haut Ronze" Régnié Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1311382 92 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Régnié “Vieilles Vignes” from Jean-Michel Dupré is an excellent wine, showing off all the sappiness of the vintage and a great base of soil. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a complex mélange of black cherries, pomegranate, espresso, incipient gamebird and a top note of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full and very pure on the attack, with a superb core of fruit, tangy acids, excellent focus and grip, impressive transparency and a long, suavely tannic, vibrant and beautifully-balanced finish. This is really an excellent bottle of young Régnié! 2017-2035+.  (11/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Lurid ruby. Lively, mineral-accented raspberry and floral aromas show very good clarity and a spicy hint of white pepper. Energetic and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet red berry, spicecake and rose pastille flavors that pick up a touch of smokiness with air. Fine-grained tannins build slowly through the long, nervy finish, where the red fruit and floral notes return. (JR)  (3/2018)

K&L Notes

Perched on a little hill located in the Cru Regnie, La Ronze is a granite-based vineyard that produces succulent, minerally Gamay fruit. This beauty will drink well for the next five years, providing luscious red and black fruit aromas with a touch of sour cherry tartness.

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