2017 Domaine Jean-Michel Dupré "Haut Ronze" Régnié Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1365118 Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is crisp and fruity, with fresh acidity and a touch of tannins. Still young, it needs time to calm down. It will turn into a bright wine, ready to drink from mid-2019. (RV)  (3/2019)

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After inheriting a small, 2-hectare vineyard near the village of Beaujeu, Jean Michel Dupré converted an old farm building into a winery and sought out grapes from distinctive vineyards, many with older vines. According to the winery, the La Ronze vineyard is located on a hill located in the Cru Regnie, or "the prince of Beaujolais," as it is the region's newest appellation. A high level of granite in the soil gives the wine a pleasing mix of Gamay fruit and minerality.

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By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2019 | Send Email
We had the privilege of sitting down with Jean-Michel Dupre here in the store, and there is always something special that happens when the man who made the wine tells you what his intention with each bottle was. Walking in I was excited, as I am a big fan and avid proponent of Beaujolais and Gamay as a grape. The 2017 Regnie did not disappoint. the nose opened with spiced strawberries, notes cherry, baking spices, and a hint of woody toast. On the palate the wine makes its presence known with bright cherry and strawberry that move towards a more savory back palate or spice, toast, and soft tannin. This is a perfect light bodied red that will be just as versatile with food as you could ask for.

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.