Snapshot
Vintage: 2016
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Appellation: Regnie
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Gamay
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Situated at the base of the Cote du Py hillside on edge of the Morgon appellation, this parcel of 1.1 hectares is known as En Oeillat and has an average vine age of 60 years.
Orientation: Southern oriented
Soil: Sanded and pink granite, clay sub-soil
Viticulture: Organic farming, harvesting done entirely by hand.
Vinification: Indigenous yeast fermentations in concrete vats at low temperatures, to preserve fresh fruit flavors and a delicate tannic structure. After fermentations are complete, fruit is slowly pressed, over a 24 hour period, using an ancient vertical press Julien acquired in the Côte D’Or.
Aging: 20% aged in cement and 80% in neutral French barrels.
Ratings
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: (88-90)
The 2016 Regnie, which has 10 milligrams per liter of SO2, is completely aged in barrel. It has an elegant bouquet, with a mixture of raspberry and wild strawberry and a touch of undergrowth developing with time. The palate is well balanced with grippy tannin, lightly spiced with white pepper and a hint of clove, leading to a structured finish that leaves that welcome residue of white pepper tingling on the aftertaste. Very fine.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 92
The 2016 Re´gnie´ from Julien Sunier (Antoine’s older brother) is also an excellent bottle, with a bit more sappiness than Antoine’s version, but with the same impeccable balance and classic soil signature. The nose is complex and very expressive, offering up scents of black cherries, sweet cranberries, fresh thyme, a touch of lavender, dark soil tones and gentle smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full, complex and succulent at the core, with excellent transparency, a touch of backend tannin, bright acids and excellent length and grip on the focused and complex finish. 2017-2030+.