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Charly Thevenet Regnie Grain and Granit 2016

Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

An outstanding bottling from Beaujolais' most exciting rising star! Charly comes from the authentic winemaking tradition of the Gang of Four. He doesn't make much, so get it while you can.

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Still in his twenties, Charly Thevenet worked with his father, Jean-Paul, as well as with Marcel Lapierre, before purchasing his own 7.5-acre parcel in Regnie. The vines, planted in 1932 and 1946, grow in the foothills of the Cote du Py; he farms them with strategies adopted from biodynamics, sustaining the health of the vines and the microbiology of the vineyard, including yeasts that he then allows to spontaneously ferment the grapes as whole clusters. Aged in old Burgundy barrels and bottled without fining or filtering, his 2016 is immediately welcoming. It’s a delicate, ethereal beauty that may give you the kind of silky satisfaction that’s rare outside of Chambolle, here delivered as the essence of Regnie, as in gamay, granite and some talented microbes doing remarkably precise work. You might find green-peppercorn spice, rose-petal perfume and elegant red fruit, or you may just find a glorious wine that will have you rethinking Beaujolais.
JS 92
James Suckling
Extremely perfumed and bright with aromas and flavors of orange peel, lemongrass, dark berries and bark. Medium body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Solid and focused. Drink or hold.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Charly Thévenet's 2016 Régnié is lovely, wafting from the glass with a decadent bouquet of sweet red and black plums, cherries and dried flowers, mingling with incipient notes of sweet soil. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, lavishly textural and velvety, with an ample core of succulent fruit and a richly savory finish. This is a deliciously gourmand Régnié that I'd be inclined to attack in its comparative youth.
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An old-vine wine, made from a vineyard with an average of 70 years, that is planted on pink granite soils. Pure and lifted with Pinot-like notes; the palate is delicate and refined but packed with inviting fruit. Well balanced and digestible.
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Growing up the son of famous “Gang of Four” Morgon producer Jean-Paul Thévenet, Charly Thévenet was exposed quite early on to traditional, more natural viticulture—a philosophy that his father and friends helped to resurrect in Beaujolais in the early eighties. A few years ago, he purchased a parcel of eighty-year-old vines in Régnié, west-southwest of his hometown of Villié-Morgon. He uses biodynamic farming techniques in the vineyard, harvests late, with an aggressive sorting of the grapes, adds minimal doses of sulfur dioxide, ages the wine in four-year-old Burgundian barriques, and bottles his wines unfiltered. Add a dose of that Thévenet talent, and you have a recipe for excellent wine!

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Beaujolais

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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, yet at its best capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines from Beaujolais and parts of the Loire Valley. While it has received some criticism for its role in Beaujolais Nouveau—a decidedly young, charming and fruit-driven wine—the Gamay grape is very capable of producing serious wines. The variety is also widely planted in Savoie, Valle d'Aosta and Switzerland, and has recently found success on a small but growing scale in Oregon.

In the Glass

In its simplest form as Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine released just a couple of months after harvest, Gamay is fresh and full of cranberry and cherry candy flavors. But Gamay is capable of much more. The region of Beaujolais is divided into Villages and Crus, where granite-rich soils and conditions are perfect for Gamay. The Villages and Crus wines, given more time on the vine and in the winery, are capable of improving with age and offer dark blackberry or ripe cherry flavors with enticing aromas of baking spice, violets and dark wet earth.

Perfect Pairings

Gamay is delicious on its own; the simpler bottling can even benefit from a light chill before serving. It is the quintessential picnic red and goes well with simple charcuterie, country pâté and terrines. Gentle tannins and bright acidity make it a great option with Asian food, even dishes with a bit of spice. Gamay is also great with poultry, especially duck or Thanksgiving turkey with cranberry sauce.

Sommelier Secret

Within Beaujolais, there are ten different Crus, or highly ranked grape-growing communes. Each one has its own distinct personality—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is serious, structured, and age-worthy, capable of rivaling some red Burgundies.

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