2013 Julien Sunier, Regnie, Cru Beaujolais, France.
This beautiful Gamay from Julien Sunier caresses the palate with fine detail and graceful elegance, making for a stylish Cru Beaujolais and a great and flexible wine for the Holiday season. Sunier’s set of of Crus are all serious and wonderful wines, but especially pleasing is the 2013 Regnie with delicate complexity and lovely Gamay fruit character, he is showing why he is a rising talent in the region, making natural/organic wines in the same league as Lapierre, Thivin, Chanrion, Brunn and even Foillard. This low sulphur and brightly flavored Regnie is deep in color, with ruby, purple and garnet shinning in the glass leading to a medium/full smoothly textured palate of blackberry, plum, strawberry fruits along with waxed red apple, walnut, fresh violets and roses, saline, earthy spice and a hint of cherry/cranberry tanginess. Like a Burgundy in substance, acidity and finesse, but truly a terroir driven Gamay and a very fine effort, at first I was drawn more to his Morgon, but as this wine sat in the glass it became a bit more sexy and alluring, I highly recommend searching out these wines, these are well crafted artisan Gamay, drink from 2014 to 2018, each Cru, the Fluerie, Morgon and this gorgeous Regnie has their own charms and all their own fans.
($30 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive
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