2016 Antoine Sunier Régnié

SKU #1348494 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Regnie was matured in six-year-old barrels. It felt a little more disjointed at the nose compared to its Morgon counterpart, although with aeration it melds together with scents of black plum, a hint of brine and a slight loamy scent that comes through with time. The palate is well balanced with fine grip on the entry. There is good backbone to this Regnie, more saline than Antoine Sunier's Morgon with a lively, focused finish. Excellent. "My 2016s were blended one month ago on a fruit day," Antoine Sunier, the younger brother of Julien, told me. Antoine is rapidly going places since he debuted his first wines with the 2014 vintage, adopting the organic and biodynamic tenets of his brother. "I took a new plot of Régnié, around four hectares en fermage, 60-year-old vines on alluvial soil. But there was so much hail that it destroyed 80%, so there was just 5 hectoliters per hectare in 2016. This is due to be bottled next week. In 2016 I did two or three pumpovers and a small pigeage, very slowly. There was ten days of maceration, and at the end of pressing I put the wine in old Burgundy barrels. I used just 2 grams per liter in SO2 during blending, and the wines are unfiltered and unfined." 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.  (8/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Lurid ruby. Mineral-tinged aromas of fresh raspberry, cherry and lavender, along with a hint of musky herbs in the background. Lively and appealingly sweet, offering palate-staining red berry and spicecake flavors that are lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Shows excellent clarity and minerally cut on the persistent finish, which is framed by sneaky, well-knit tannins. (JR)  (3/2018)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Régnié from Antoine Sunier is a refined and classic example of the vintage. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a crunchy blend of black cherries, pomegranate, woodsmoke, dark soil tones, a bit of spice and a gentle base of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and bouncy, with a fine core, very good soil signature, modest tannins and a long, tangy finish. This has just beautiful balance and will be a stylish middleweight for the next dozen years! (Drink between 2017-2030)  (9/2017)

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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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.