Gamay focus 12: two lovely cru Beaujolais from Antoine Sunier

Antoine Sunier is a new name to me. He’s the brother of Julien Sunier, who has been making wines in Beaujolais since 2008, and he came to the region in 2014 to set up this new domaine. So I guess this makes these the first releases. The Sunier’s father was a barber from Dijon, so [...]

Gamay Focus 11, Château de Beauregard Fleurie Poncié 2013

Continuing the Gamay journey, it’s back to Beaujolais.

This Fleurie is from a sixth-generation family producer, and the vineyard is managed to promote microbial life, although it isn’t certified organic. The family have owned this Poncié plot since 1872, and it’s on a steep slope which tops out at 400 m. Soils are decomposed granite, and [...]

Gamay focus, 6 - Desvignes Morgon Javernières 'Les Impénitents' 2011

In a series focusing on Gamay, it’s natural to spend quite a bit of time on its home turf: Beaujolais. I think that this is a region in the ascendant. There are lots of seriously good wines coming from Beaujolais, and committed people are beginning to realize the potential of some super-interesting terroirs for making [...]

Gamay focus, 4 - Julien Sunier Fleurie 2013

Julien Sunier is one of the rising stars of Beaujolais. He makes wines naturally from organically managed vineyards, and this is a brilliant expression of Gamay.

It’s from a single 2.4 hectare vineyards named ‘Niagara’. It’s a steep slope that can only be managed manually (he quips on his excellent website that those who work here [...]

Gamay Focus, 2 - Metrat La Scandaleuse 2013

I’m going to begin focusing on Gamay a bit over the next few months, because it’s an underdog grape that really intrigues me.

So, here we go, with the first wine in this focus. [Actually, I may have to go back to the RPM Gamay I reviewed a few days ago and make that the first [...]

A couple of Beaujolais Villages that I liked

Gamay is a grape that intrigues me. And I reckon that Beaujolais is getting better. It’s high time I did a proper visit to the region. Here are a couple of nice, inexpensive Beaujolais Villages that I tried.

Louis Jadot Combes aux Jacques 2013 Beaujolais Villages, France
12.5% alcohol. Vibrant, fresh raspberry and cherry fruit. Expressive with [...]

Some highlights from the Wine Society

I headed down to Stevenage today for a tasting at The Wine Society. It was amazing: such good wines at really good prices. Here are a few wines that I’ll be buying. But there were just too many highlights for one post!

Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Gracher Domprost Riesling Spatlese 2001 Mosel, Germany
Lovely wine – rich and [...]

Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Côte de Brouilly 2013 Beaujolais, France

Gamay. A variety that I’m growing to love. I remember Kermit Lynch memorably describing Beaujolais as ‘the one night stand of wines.’ His point: not every wine has to be serious. Not every wine drinking experience needs to be a great one. I’m sure there are points chasers out there who set themselves a threshold [...]

Video: Arnaud Aucoeur Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes 2012

Just loved this Beaujolais Villages. Here’s my tasting note, and a video of me tasting it. Cracking value.

Arnaud Aucoeur Beaujolais Villages Selection de Vieilles Vignes 2012 Beaujolais, France
12.5% alcohol. From 60 year old vines, this has a wonderfully complex, taut nose of minerals, cherries and plums with a hint of pepper. The supple palate has [...]

In Canada, Monday evening with some diverse wines

After a full day of tasting, and the fabulous helicopter ride, it was time for beer. So Bill Zacharkiw and John Szabo, my partners in crime (PICs), ended up in an English-style pub in Niagara-on-the-Lake, along with Magdalena Kaiser-Smit of Wine Country Ontario. It’s called The Olde Angel Inn, and as well as English beers [...]