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Antoine Sunier Morgon 2019

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    This old vine Morgon from the highly regarded sector of Grand Cras has an earthy and energetic profile reflective of its rocky soils. There is a plushness and drinkability that gives early enjoyment, but the structure promises a few good years ahead.

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    Antoine Sunier, France
    Antoine Sunier officially jumped into this community in 2014 when he purchased a house with a small vinification cellar, along with 0.8 Ha of vineyards in the village of Régnié. Even prior to that, wine had long been an integral part of his life. He grew up in Dijon where his mother worked as a hair cutter with a clientele that included many local wine producers, including Christophe Roumier. But for Antoine, rather than dabble in various wine jobs and internships after graduating from school like his older brother Julien did, he followed a more conservative route, and took a job working for a telecommunications company. But wine remained as a constant pull for the younger Sunier. So much so that when his brother Julien set up his own estate in 2008, he would to spend his vacations in the region hanging out with his many Bojo pals, and working in Julien’s vineyards and cellar. In 2012, he finally said “enough” and left his job to study viticulture and enology in Beaune. His studies led him into work stages at two organic estates, Domaine Lapalu in Beaujolais and Chateau de Prémeaux in Burgundy. Antoine’s Beaujolais debut in 2014 began with two wines, one from Régnié and one from Morgon. The Régnié comes from around two hectares in the lieux-dits of Les Forchets and Le Potet, with an average vine age of 45 years, while the Morgon comes 1.2 hectares of 60+ year old vines from Croix de Chevre in the Grand Cras. In the 2018 vintage Antoine unveiled a single parcel Régnié from the old vine parcel of Montmerond, a plush and vibrant addition to the Cru duo. Antoine admits that his brother played an instrumental role in helping him get set up, finding choice parcels and sourcing all his equipment for the vineyards and cellar. Thanks to Julien's contacts, the vineyards themselves have all been extremely well maintained and farmed organically, the Régnié is in official conversion and the Morgon certified for over a decade. The winemaking starts with hand-harvesting of the grapes with careful sorting of the bunches in the vineyard. Fermentations occur using the traditional carbonic method in a closed concrete vats with no de-stemming and only including indigenous yeasts. The fermentations last between 8-15 days, at which point the grapes are pressed and flow, with the help of gravity, into a combination of 80-90% used Burgundy barrels (8+ years old) and the balance in epoxy-lined concrete tanks. The élévage lasts 7-8 months, at which point the wines are bottled without fining and filtration and only a small addition of SO2 at the bottling. Stylistically, is is normal to want to compare the wines of Antoine to those of Julien. There is an obvious kinship of spirit and technique that overlaps between the two domaines. But as Antoine says, “we are working with different terroirs, in a respectful and organic way, so there will always be differences”. Antoine successfully walks the line between power and delicacy, and meatiness and grace. There is lovely fruit, but also a clear underpinning of minerality, and beautiful aromatic and textural lift. Antoine feels the wines should age well in the mid-term, certainly 8-10+ years easily. Indeed, it is clear there is a bright future for this exciting young domaine! The Sunier brothers are some of the most warm-hearted and ebullient winemakers you will ever meet. They exude warmth and have intensely contagious smiles. It is hard to resist these fine-spirited people and the wonderful wines they craft. They embody so much of what makes the region of Beaujolais and its wines so special.
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    The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.

    Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.

    Four styles of Beaujolais exist though most is sold under the basic Beaujolais appellation. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Beaujolais-Villages, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior section are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.

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    Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.

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