Cote Chalonnaise, Macon, and Beaujolais

  • Tasting notes from Thomas Calder: "Diaclase (about 800cs): from sandy granite soils. It will be available in the fall. Beautiful grainy black fruit, and a significant step up from the Chamodere (entry level wine not offered here). Real expression of terroir here. Nice crunch, Some spice notes. Structured and aerien. " In just his first vintage at the helm, Cédric Lecareux was chosen as the Discovery of the Vintage in the Revue du Vin de France from over one hundred of the top estates in Beaujolais, and dozens of newcomers : "Good-bye Languedoc, hello Beaujolais After having vinified gamay at the family domaine in the Auvergne, Cédric Lecareux, 37 years old, former technical director of Gertrand Bertrand in the Languedoc, wanted to produce in a region he holds dear. With his wife Catherine, like him an agricultural engineer, they bought 3.16 hectares in the lieu-dit La Plaigne, in the terroir of Régnié, which he is converting to organic viticulture. His children were responsible for finding the poetic names of his cuvées (Diaclase, Cossinelle...). The elevages in wood are exact, the juice is precise. The couple believes in Beaujolais; we believe in them. The bottled wines show as well as those still in elevage. The fruit is privileged. The silky matter is balanced by long digestible tannins. A promising vintage to discover in its youth. Domaine Les Capréoles (16-17 points/20) Diaclase: a cuvée with the aromas of a basket of fruit. Pretty silky tannins." - Revue du Vin de France
  • 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.....
  • Wonderfully taut and mineral, this is a smashing cote chalonnaise success in '12 for team Perrotto.  Bravo. In stock.
  • Stepping into the most serious subsector of Morgon known as the Côte de Py, specifically the NE facing northeast corner of the hillside, the Desvignes view this as the 1er cru level wine of the range. The roughly 65 year+ old vines here are planted on schist, with pieces of decomposed volcanic rocks referred to as "roche pourrie" (rotten rock) which regularly yield a more powerful and spicy wine, with a pronounced mineral core. This is textbook Côte de Py meets the Desvignes house style. Class and classic. "Bright magenta. Sexy, mineral-laced raspberry, cherry and blood orange aromas show excellent clarity and a suave Asian spice nuance. Lithe, sappy and floral on the palate, offering vibrant red berry, spicecake and rose pastille flavors that show excellent delineation. The mineral quality comes back strong on the energetic finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins." 93 Josh Raynolds
  • From very old vines, some of which are over 100 years, we have our only wine offered from Brouilly. Some of Descombes parcels in Brouilly are of the steepest in all of Beaujolais. I am excited to check this one out myself! " Vivid ruby. Intensely perfumed red and blue fruit and floral aromas are complemented by vibrant spice and mineral flourishes that build in the glass. Sweet and penetrating, offering juicy boysenberry and raspberry flavors that show excellent clarity and palate-staining concentration. Rich yet lithe, with no excess weight. The strikingly long, sappy finish is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins." 92 points Josh Raynolds
  • "Vivid ruby. Intense blackberry, cherry and incense aromas are enlivened by hints of white pepper and smoky minerals. Juicy and concentrated, offering powerful dark berry and floral pastille flavors that open up and stretch out slowly with air. Shows real heft for the vintage and finishes sappy and long, with building spiciness and fine-grained tannins coming in late." 92 Josh Raynolds
  • 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!!
  • Julien's Fleurie is always higher toned and implosive relative to the sappier and denser Morgon. It sounds as though this should bring extra sappy 2015 depth to that same high toned airy personality i've come to expect. In my experience, it is a toss up of personal preference whether tasters prefer the airier and more mineral qualities of the Fleurie vs the succulence and depth of the Morgon.....both are beauuutiful. "The 2015 Fleurie from Julien Sunier is notably light in color for the vintage, with a classic ruby red color, rather than the purple tones that are so typical in 2015. The wine is 13.5 percent octane and offers up a bright and vibrant bouquet of cherries, pomegranate, a touch of nutskin, beautiful soil tones, hints of mustard seed and thyme and a very discreet bass note of oak spice. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and more emblematic of the vintage than the nose suggests, with a plush core of fruit, a good dollop of soil, a touch of backend tannin and a long, focused and complex finish. This is a very successful 2015 that stays admirably light on its feet. 2016-2025. 92." John Gilman
  • 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