Result list for “Trenel” (21 entries)

Trenel – 2020

By billn on April 21, 2022

Tasted in Charnay-lès-Mâcon with Benoit Bertrandy, 21 February 2022. Maison Trenel Chemin de Buèry 71850 Charnay-lès-Mâcon +33 3 85 34 48 20 More reports with Maison Trenel Yet another new face chez Maison Trenel. Barbara Cueille… Read More

Trenel – 2019

By billn on March 30, 2021

Tasted in Charnay-lès-Mâcon with Baptiste Duc & Barbara Cueille (right) pictured together with Laurence Malois, 22 February 2021. Maison Trenel Chemin de Buèry 71850 Charnay-lès-Mâcon +33 3 85 34 48 20 More reports for Maison Trenel… Read More

Trenel – 2018

By billn on March 22, 2020

Tasted in Charnay-lès-Mâcon with Barbara Cueille, 17 February 2020. Maison Trenel Chemin de Buèry 71850 Charnay-lès-Mâcon +33 3 85 34 48 20 More reports for Maison Trenel Barbara Cueille had been with Maison Trenel for just one… Read More

Trenel – 2017

By billn on February 27, 2019 #br extra!#pages

Tasted in Charnay-lès-Mâcon with Baptiste Duc, 19 February 2019. Maison Trenel Chemin de Buèry 71850 Charnay-lès-Mâcon +33 3 85 34 48 20 My normal contact here – Nicolas Dietrich – was travelling, so Baptiste Duc, who is the export manager chez… Read More

Trenel – 2016

By billn on March 19, 2018 #br extra!#pages

Tasted in Charnay-lès-Mâcon with Nicolas Dietrich, 20 February 2018. Maison Trenel Chemin de Buèry 71850 Charnay-lès-Mâcon +33 3 85 34 48 20 Nicolas on 2017: “2017 was a bizarre vintage because we had the large incidence of frost – though mainly we… Read More

Trenel – 2015

By billn on March 20, 2017 #br extra!#pages

Tasted in Charnay-lès-Mâcon with Nicolas Dietrich and Grégoire Hoppenot, 17 February 2017. Maison Trenel Chemin de Buèry 71850 Charnay-lès-Mâcon +33 3 85 34 48 20 On 2016: “We did some vinifications this year! “Of-course we have no vines – we buy grapes… Read More

Maison Trenel

By billn on June 29, 2016 #br extra!#pages

Tasted in Charnay-lès-Mâcon with director Grégoire Hoppenot and winemaker Nicolas Dietrich, 12 April 2016. Maison Trenel Chemin de Buèry 71850 Charnay-lès-Mâcon +33 3 85 34 48 20 Trenel is an old maison from the 1920s, it was begun by restauranteur, Andre Trenel, in… Read More

2023 Beaujolais Nouveau – steady as she goes!

By billn on November 01, 2023 #annual laurels#beaujolais

2023 Beaujolais Nouveau
So - how important is Beaujolais Nouveau today? It may surprise you to learn that in 2022, nearly a quarter of all Beaujolais' 13,500 hectares of production, ended up in bottles that were labelled Nouveau. That was 16,500,000 bottles of Nouveau - and that's a lot - it's equivalent to 85% of all the production of the Burgundy region from Chablis to the 'border' with Beaujolais! France takes 60% of the bottles but the classic markets of Japan, the US and the UK, together, still bought more than 4 million bottles last year. That being the case, it's still worth trying to find some good ones! The 2023 vintage: The vine-growth in 2023 started in the 'new classic' style - ie quite early and in good conditions due to a mild start to the year. This year, there was hardly any worry about frost and there followed practically ideal conditions for flowering. This early debut of growth, followed by the summer heat, ensured that it was another earlier harvesting year - from about the 1st September - so, versus 2021, we certainly had the potential for nearly an extra month of elevage before any Nouveau bottling got underway - but how, exactly, did the post-flowering year go? In 2023, the Beaujolais vigneron(ne)s liked to talk about the weather; there's nothing unusual about 'farmers' talking about the weather, right? Of course not! But, as we approached the harvest, there was a clear focus to most of these conversations - and that focus was the rain - or rather the lack of rain. The crus in the north got a couple of decent rainfalls in July/August but to the south not - here it stayed dry from mid-June right up to the harvest - in fact the further south you went in Beaujolais, the drier it got, reducing the berry size and therefore the yields - unsurprisingly, it was the young vines that particularly suffered in these conditions. The producers point to the counter-balance of the daytime heat with cooler nights - 'so the wines have a nice aromatic balance - not too warm!' Proportionately, Beaujolais Nouveau is made in higher quantities from vines in the appellations of Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages as these labels are a little less attractive to Beaujolais buyers than those wines labelled in the name of 'the crus' - such as Fleurie or Saint Amour. So it is the wines from the south, whose volumes were most severely limited by the summer drought, who provide the bulk of the juice for these Nouveaux - it was an important point for this tasting. The best wines... In the the heartland of Beaujolais Nouveau production - ie the south of Beaujolais - the, drought-related, brake on the potential harvest volume has clearly been of benefit for anyone with an interest in drinking this stuff. That's because any excess volume usually translates into significant quality variation between those who cropped at the maximum and those who were more modest. 2023's more modest harvest volumes have brought some consistency to the wines - a little like in 2022. The Beaujolais Nouveaux are less regular than the Beaujolais Villages Nouveaux but as in most years the latter category come with not just more depth of flavour - they come with more structure too - and in many cases I'd be looking to keep, and drink, the villages over a longer period than the campaign for Nouveau might suggest. I have noted a few more great wines (below) than in 2022 but overall, it's quite a similar number for 97 wines tasted this year. 97 wines tasted - is that a lot? There are probably more like 200-250 different bottlings and/or cuvée names in this category - and good luck to you if you can find some of them in your local markets. I really struggle in Switzerland - and the anonymous (single!) bottling of Switzerland's Coop supermarket is, historically, an awful one - but I'll try it again this year - hopefully without needing to pour (more than!) half of the bottle away! Good hunting! All the wines were tasted and selected blind. It was only after the tasting that I got a copy of the spreadsheet with the names to match to the numbered bottles: 5 Great wines for their labels One more than last year: Jean Loron, Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé Agamy, Domaine de Solémy Beaujolais Nouveau Manoir du Carra Famille Sambardier, Dame Nature Beaujolais Villages Famille Descombe, Granite Beaujolais Villages Richard Rottiers Beaujolais Villages 10 Excellent Wines - Beaujolais Nouveau Two less than in 2022: Jean Loron, Rift 69 Romy, Le Mouflet Georges Duboeuf Jean-Yves Sonnery Domaine de Baluce Domaine des Prévelières Domaine Pierre André Dumas Aurélie et Fabien Romany Domaine des Prévelières, Border'Wine Baptiste Aufranc Célia et David Large, Zombi 9 Excellent Wines - Beaujolais Villages Nouveau Just one more than in 2022: Domaine Gaget, Vinum Memoria Georges Duboeuf Domaine de la Madone Bérerd Père et Fils Nicolas Boudeau Domaine des Terres Vivantes, La Lutine Cave Vignerons de Bel Air, Natural Château de Corcelles Domaine Desprès Julien Aucagne Click on 'Read More...' below to see the full notes for the (almost) 100 wines in the order that they were (blind) tasted on Halloween 2023:   Read More

2022 Beaujolais Nouveau – as good as it gets!

By billn on November 08, 2022 #annual laurels#beaujolais#degustation

Beaujolais Nouveau 2022
The 2022 vintage:The 2021-2022 winter was long and, compared to most of the recent years, relatively cold. Frosts were commonplace until the beginning of April so probably because of that, budburst - in the second half of April - was relatively late. At this time, the domaines were already noting a lack of rain in the vineyards. May was a warm and dry one: 50% less rainfall than normal plus more sunshine than usual - it was the warmest May on record since 1959. The vines grew quickly and flowering took place in ideal, if early, conditions. Despite the dryness of May, there was sufficient rain in June to avoid issues with the vines even if the quantity of rainfall remained much below the average. It was in July that (not just!) the Beaujolais saw successive waves of hot weather - again lacking rain - it was the driest July for 33 years with 8mm of rain instead of an average of 68mm! This meant that the sanitary conditions of the vines couldn't have been better. The harvest was very early - from the middle of August! The hot weather had reduced the amount of malic acid in the grapes but concentrated the amount of tartaric acid. Despite a little more rain in the area of Beaujolais Villages, the wines were concentrated and volumes were modest, so unlike in 2020, it was rarely possible for domaines to 'take advantage' of the volumes on offer - so there is a consistency in the concentration and ripeness in these 2022s. Many thanks to the team at Château du Moulin à Vent for some of their vintage insight. The best wines: I just hope that you have some chance to find such domaine wines. Last year my local (Swiss) coop had only one, which was bottled just for them - no producer info - and that was probably just as well because it was rubbish! Whilst there were few 'great wines' in the equivalent tasting of 2021s, last year, those that were, clearly stood out from the crowd. In 2022 it was more difficult because the average quality was very consistent and as high as I have seen it - in this respect it reminds me very much of the 2019 vintage. From 100 wines there was one that was corked - the second bottle was fine - and only one wine where I directly said 'NO!' - I wouldn't put this one in my mouth a second time! Any complaints? Actually, yes! Why so many heavy, statement, bottles? - 'Prestigious cuvées?' This is Beaujolais Nouveau for God's sake. WTF!? 4 Great wines: Dominique Piron: Beaujolais AND Beaujolais Villages Domaine de Colette, Natur’Elle de Colette, Villages Domaine des Nugues Villages 12 Excellent Wines - Beaujolais: Jean Yves Sonnery Anthony Charvet, Beaujo Beau JM Aujoux, La vie est belle Frédéric Berne Domaine Perthuizet, Gégé Trenel Château de L’Eclair Domaine des Prévellières Julien Bertrand Brossette Paul André et Fils Agamy, Domaine du Solémy 8 Excellent Wines - Beaujolais Villages: Château de Vaux De Vermont Yannick Vignobles Jambon, Pure Domaine Péchard Tano David Berougon Jean-Paul Dubost, Beaujolais Lantignié Domaine du Clos du Fief Château de Pougelon Jean Yves Sonnery, Cuvée Elégance Click on 'Read More...' below to see the full notes for 100 wines in the order that they were (blind) tasted:   Read More

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