Cote Chalonnaise, Macon, and Beaujolais

  • His Morgon has proven flat out terrific and classic in every vintage that I've tasted. Sounds like the '15 is a knockout! Get what you can, and thank me later..... "Julien Sunier has not been making wine here in Beaujolais for all that long a time, but he is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite sources for classic, cellar-worthy Morgon. His 2015 version is excellent, showing off the sappy fruit of the vintage to fine effect in its deep and complex bouquet of black cherries, plums, really lovely spice tones, violets, granitic soil tones, hints of the gamebird to come and a very gentle touch of oakiness from the older Burgundy casks the wine is raised in. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with a sappy core,excellent focus and grip, ripe, moderate tannins and outstanding length and grip on the nascently complex and impeccably balanced finish. This is 13.5 percent alcohol, which is perhaps a touch higher than the 2014 version was, but this is a very sophisticated interpretation of Morgon and could just as easily have hailed from any number of recent, top flight vintages, as the fingerprints of 2015 are not very easy to find in the glass. A superb wine that is approachable today, but will be far better to drink after a few years in the cellar. Chapeau! 2017-2050. 94." John Gilman
  • Both of these cuvées have the hallmark powerful mineral spine of great Chénas, with the Boccards being a bit more succulent, charming, and airy. Their dark black fruited profile is particularly intense in '14, with awesome density allied to freshness. This is about as good as it gets to my taste.....
  • This year's En Guesnes is particularly lovely, sur le fruit, with a delicacy of texture not often achieved from this clay dominant site. Pure, tiny red fruited, digeste, and gone..... Arrives in late Fall '16.
  • This is a step up in structure and implosive seriousness. This one will age impeccably as it has everything that it needs to be a seriously complete wine of fascinating evolution. It is hard not to "get it" when this is in your glass; packed and stacked!!
  • The best of his negociant Rully 1ers, with the best grip and mineral teeth. An everyday house white Burgundy no-brainer. Last year, this one sold out fast, and folks came back knockin' for more once they got to taste it. Arrives late Fall '16.
  • A rarity indeed, this is their burgundy-in-beaujolais-clothing best, dubbed the "unrepentants". This is from a small parcel within the Javernières lieu-dit, from 100+ year old vines. I have never had a chance to taste this, as I was shot down in both the '14 and '15 vintages. This year, I got the early bird worm......get what you can, and thank me later. !!! "Deep ruby. An expansive, smoke-tinged bouquet evokes fresh red/blue fruits and candied lavender, complemented by suggestions of peppery spices and a hint of cured meat. Densely packed, focused black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors show excellent clarity. Conveys a suave blend of power and elegance, revealing no rough edges on the strikingly long, youthfully tannic finish." 94 Josh Raynolds
  • Here's the Burghound review: 'This has turned out to be noticeably better than I imagined that it would be with its extremely fresh nose of ripe and very pretty red pinot fruit aromas liberally laced with warm earth and underbrush notes that carry over to the moderately structured middle weight flavors that already display reasonably good depth and fine length on the beautifully balanced finish. This is finer than the '09 version if not quite as ripe. Definitely worth a look.' 91 points 'sweet spot' selection Perhaps one of the finest reds made in the Cote Chalonnaise in 2008.  This is simply a stunningly good value in Burgundy.