Antoine Sunier Morgon

Antoine Sunier


Vintage: 2016
Bottle sizes: 750 ML, 1.5 L
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Appellation: Morgon
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Gamay
Organic: Certified
Vineyard: 60 year old vines from the lieu-dit Croix de Chevre in the Grand Cras. 270 meters in altitude.
Orientation: South facing
Soil: Ancient alluvials and very rocky.
Viticulture: Organically farmed since 2003, full Agribio certification.
Vinification: Gravity flow to tanks, Indigenous yeast fermentations at low temperatures, to preserve fresh fruit flavors and a delicate tannic structure. Whole cluster fermenteation for 8-15 days, horizontal pressing, manual racking for elevage.
Aging: Aged 8 months on the lees in 80% neutral burgundy barrels and 20% epoxy tanks. Minimal sulfur, bottled with no fining or filtration.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: (89-91)
The 2016 Morgon, which comes from 60-year-old vines in Croix de Chevre and is matured in eight-year-old barrels for eight months, has a clean and precise bouquet with lifted blackberry, raspberry and just a hint of pressed flowers. This is very refined, and I appreciate the manner in which it opens in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite mineral-driven and tensile with a dash of white pepper enlivening the sappy, chalky-textured finish. There is potential here although I would just like to see more joie-de-vivre develop by the time of bottling.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 92+
Antoine Sunier’s Morgon is produced from a parcel of sixty year-old vines in the lieu a` dit of Croix de Che`vre, with the wine fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in eighty percent old Burgundy casks. The 2016 version is a beautiful and utterly classic young bottle of Morgon, offering up a deep and pure bouquet of black cherries, lovely, granitic soil, woodsmoke, gamebird, fresh thyme and a touch of citrus zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full and focused, with a lovely core, excellent transparency, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and nascently complex finish. This is really a very elegant and soil-driven iteration of Morgon. 2017-2040.