Monternot – Les Jumeaux – 2015


Tasted in Blacé with twins Bernard and Jacky (right) Monternot, 07 February 2017.

Domaine Monternot – Les Jumeaux
Les Places 69460 Blacé
Tel: +33 4 74 67 56 48

We are the eternal apprentices – every year is different and we are always trying to find the best way in vintages that we have never seen before. We now have 42 vintages together and they are all very different.” Jacky Monternot.

On 2016:
Not the greatest weather, certainly before the 14th July, it had been cold and wet, and then it completely reversed. It was then nice right until the end of September and the harvest – really we’re very happy with the harvest – the grapes were really the balsam for all the injuries in the year. I think that really elegant wines will come from it.

On 2015:
Certainly a lower yield but we are lucky that we mainly have vines aged between 40 and 90 years-old that suffer much less hydric stress – I think that really helped us to access the modest humidity from the soil in 2015. Maybe we lost 6-7 hl/ha in our reds – compare that to some of our young white vines that lost maybe two-thirds of their normal yield.

The wines…

Much is already sold out. “We have the chance to increase the price just a little – we are not just selling this year we want to be selling for the rest of their lives! Actual increases here are only about 20 centimes a bottle.

As in 2014, a first class address for BJV that you can drink or keep with confidence – and in both instance, enjoy deeply!

2015 Beaujolais Villages Rosé
‘A rose of the press we prefer this way as it has its own balance.’
Hmm – wide, a suggestion of sulfur, a pretty dark-red suggestion of fruit plus something like quince. Bright fresh really a nice depth of sweetly mineral flavour. Tasty and far from facile, mineral again in the finish. Nicely long too. Impressive.

2015 Beaujolais Villages Les Jumeaux Fruit et Terroir
Average 40-70 year-old vines.
Really a deep colour. A deep and dark fruit too. Fresh, layered, dark fruit, growing complexity. This is simply excellent and highly drinkable too. Saline in the finish and very open and tasty – this is excellent – bravo!!
2015 Beaujolais Villages Vieilles-Vignes
Still in tank, no filtration, still on fine lees, to be bottled ‘later’ – ‘Really very old vines. Here we extract the maximum that’s possible from our gamay.’
A very dark fruit, almost a suggestion of mint too. A hint of gas. Layered, actually this has a beautiful way of moving over the palate – it’s very fresh, and wide in shape – extra complex in the finish. The finish is simply a tenacious thing, never finishing, almost, never heavy. A potential monument and also possible to drink…

2015 Beaujolais Villages Blanc
All from around the domaine.
Quite a deep colour. The nose is a sweet dessert, like a sweet apricot. Yet in the mouth this is wide and has a fresh intensity a line of linear flavour. This is really not what the nose suggests – really quite nice!

2016 Beaujolais Villages Blanc
Finished and just bottled.
A little less colour. Much fresher and more interesting fruit. More volume in the mouth, fresh, herbed, a nice line again – the shape is similar, from the mid-palate and into the finish this could almost be the same wine. Less rich, but for my palate more interesting. Yum!

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