This is high class Beaujolais. Pure fruited and mineral with driving acidity and great length. Delicious.
A fruit forward Beaujolais cru, this Régnié comes from a one hectare vineyard where the vines are over 60 years old and grow on sandy soils, lending elegance and finesse to the finished wine.
Producer: Jean-Marc Burgaud
Region/Country: Régnié, Beaujolais, France
Production Method: The Gamay for the Régnié under-went what Jean-Marc calls a ‘semi macération carbonique’. Pre-fermentation maceration lasted for between 8 and 10 days and the grapes were whole-bunch fermented at temperatures between 23 and 28°C, with only one pump over per day in order to carefully extract the delicate tannins. The wine was aged in concrete before bottling.
Style: Classic sour cherry, bramble and dried herb character. Dusty tannins and lovely concentration.
Pairing Suggestion: Game, poultry dishes, grilled meats, roast dishes
Profile: Gamay has been best known for producing fresh and fruity wines for early consumption. This is now changing, with the natural wine movement in Beaujolais, and more producers placing more emphasis on high quality production meaning Gamay has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Wines now show racy acidity alongside richness of fruit and clear minerality. Plantings are increasing outside of France, with producers in Australia, New Zealand and USA producing wines in a range of styles.
Classic Regions: Beaujolais, Loire Valley (France), Yarra Valley (Australia), Central Otago (New Zealand), USA
Jean-Marc Burgaud was recently dubbed ‘Monsieur Côte du Py’ by Bourgogne Aujourd’hui magazine. His fine domaine has seven hectares of vineyard on the Côte du Py in Morgon, making the Burgaud family the biggest owner of vines on this famous hill. Jean-Marc is originally from Lantignié and his wife, Christine, is from Morgon, the 11.5 hectares in Morgon were inherited from her side of the family. “My father used to tell me that Lantignié produced the best Beaujolais, but when I first met Christine, her father opened a 20-plus-year-old bottle of Côte du Py for me and that opened my eyes to the potential of Beaujolais,” he explains. Today, the domaine has 18 hectares of vineyards across Beaujolais Villages, Morgon and Régnié.