Grapelive Wine of the Week
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Charly Thevenet Regnie “Grain & Granit” Cru Beaujolais.
The son of famed Morgon producer Jean-Paul Thevenet, Charly has made a name for himself on the strength of the last few vintages and almost has a cult like following already. Kermit Lynch, the savvy importer has brought this wine over and is blowing through it faster than I can write about it. Made in the family style this intense Gamay shows inky purple color, richly developed fruit and lengthy finish with lovely balance and complexity. This Regnie is like none other that I’ve experienced and I would almost more like to compare it to a fine Burgundy, though it might even be more enjoyable if the truth were told, this is an amazing wine. The nose is fresh and floral, but with hints of mineral and wild strawberries, before a full palate of blackberry, plum, strawberry and walnut oil. There is an herbal note, some cassis, a little spice and a touch of cedar too. This Beaujolais will entice and seduce even the most boorish wine snob, and make anyone a believer. Not as exotic as Lapierre Morgon, but certainly a fine and wonderful that will age with grace and style no question. I’ll be stocking up on this beauty myself without a doubt. ($32-35 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
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