Cote Chalonnaise, Macon, and Beaujolais

  • 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
  • "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
  • Everything that I tasted in '15 red from Vincent had me in yum yum fits. I gave every single red wine a litte *, they were that compelling as an ensemble, all 8 of them...if I could offer the others, I would!!! The En Guesnes had the hedonistic density and succulence of the year, with its telltale clay soiled lightly chewy texture. It had an explosive sense of spiciness and dark red fruits that was just plain deeelicious. Once again, just as last year, this is a delight....get what you can, and thank me later.
  • 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
  • Once again, I am befuddled and grateful that I have such a large allocation of this rarity, the last Rully rouge wine that Vincent presents in tasting, a wine that routinely rings my bell as one of the finest made in all of the Côte Chalonnaise. I have started a small fan club for this wine, I think, people taking my cues over the past two vintages, and liking what they have found....From 65 year old vines in one of Rully's finest sites, my note: "Class! This is at once quite powerful in pure dark fruits and savory flavors, yet mineral and fine. So complete and classy...". Once again my friends, take my advice, get 6-12 of these, and thank me later. Chapeau Vincent!! "A slightly more subtle but hardly invisible lashing of oak still easily allows the spicy combination of earth, red pinot, dark currant and game aromas to shine. There is fine richness but also very good delineation to the medium-bodied flavors that display a hint of minerality on the youthfully austere, balanced and impressively persistent finish. 90/2020+"
  • Wonderfully taut and mineral, this is a smashing cote chalonnaise success in '12 for team Perrotto.  Bravo. In stock.
  • Yields were down 30% here in '13, but i've managed to keep my allocation the same. 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 early Fall '15.
  • Just lovely. Bright, citric, with good enrobing richness to harmonize with its driving, mouth watering acidity. If I could buy 10 cases of this, I would. Alas.... Arrives late Fall '16. Allan Meadows' review: "Here too there is enough wood to notice on the pretty nose that actually closely resembles that of the La Combe. The rich, round and utterly delicious middle weight flavors that possess both good volume and punch, all wrapped in a clean and dry finale. This is a quality Rully villages. 88/2018+"