Antoine Sunier Regnie Montmerond 2019
"Antoine’s Beaujolais debut in 2014 began with two wines, one from Régnié and one from Morgon. The Régnié comes from around two hectares in the lieux-dits of Les Forchets and Le Potet, with an average vine age of 45 years, while the Morgon comes 1.2 hectares of 60+ year old vines from Croix de Chevre in the Grand Cras. In the 2018 vintage Antoine unveiled a single parcel Régnié from the old vine parcel of Montmerond, a plush and vibrant addition to the Cru duo. Antoine admits that his brother played an instrumental role in helping him get set up, finding choice parcels and sourcing all his equipment for the vineyards and cellar. Thanks to Julien's contacts, the vineyards themselves have all been extremely well maintained and farmed organically, the Régnié is in official conversion and the Morgon certified for over a decade.
The winemaking starts with hand-harvesting of the grapes with careful sorting of the bunches in the vineyard. Fermentations occur using the traditional carbonic method in a closed concrete vats with no de-stemming and only including indigenous yeasts. The fermentations last between 8-15 days, at which point the grapes are pressed and flow, with the help of gravity, into a combination of 80-90% used Burgundy barrels (8+ years old) and the balance in epoxy-lined concrete tanks. The élévage lasts 7-8 months, at which point the wines are bottled without fining and filtration." -Supplier notes