Tasted in Romanèche-Thorins with Eric Janin, 06 February 2017.
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Eric on 2016:
“It was very complicated. A very violent hailstorm on the 24 June, 6 of 7 hectares in Moulin à Vent was hailed between 80 and 100%. I have about 25% of a normal vintage, I never pass 40 hl/ha but did 10! The hail impacts were really profound so its very hard to do a good job of training – this year I’m thinking not of 2017 when doing the training, I’m thinking of having something correct in 2018! Fortunately the grapes looked good in 2016, so lets see.”
Eric on 2015:
“Completely different! Still only 20-25 hl/ha, due to lots of old vines, plus the heat and the dryness – the number of grapes was really correct, but due to the dryness they hardly grew. We saw 45 mm of rain 3 weeks before the harvest and that was what saved the vintage as many of the vines had a block in their maturity. Without that rain grapes would hardly have matured. Some my young vines even lost their leaves.
“Fortunately I’ve still some stock of 2014s!”
All the 2015s here came in between 14 and 15°.
Largely, these are brilliant but powerful 2015s to wait for, but luckily, there are still those 2014s!
2015 Beaujolais Villages Blanc Argilles
Bright, open very perfumed, lots of flowers, wide and mouth-filling. Actually I like the freshness and flavour here. Really good finishing too, like an acidulated apricot – perhaps peach – but nicely fresh. I note a slight prickle to the texture – maybe that’s because there was no malo done here, Eric decided to preserve the acidity as it was.
2014 Moulin à Vent Les Vignes Tremblay
A big assembly of multiple domaine terroirs. Just a little destemming to provide some juice, 12-13 days of cuvaison, 11 months elevage
Ooh – that’s a lovely, round, nose. Beautiful in the mouth too – round, growing flavour, layers of flavour, then waves of the same going into the finish. Yes it could be more energetic, but it is what it is – and that’s a beauty! The nose is superb – this is even better than when tasted last year!
Once called the Clos de Tremblay – vines over 80 years old. Also about 11 months elevage – exactly the same for both wines – all elevage in stainless-steel – ‘Really the difference is the terroir.’
Also the same type of nose, round, almost a sweetly, textured blood orange, a little more direction, a little more energy and some submerged muscle. This has the energy that I was looking for in the last, though it’s also a suggestion more mineral too. Bravo. The previous wine is for drinking first, open this after 🙂
The wines from 2015 were bottled in mid-December.
2015 Beaujolais Villages Piéments
A geological term – piéments – meaning the foot of the mountain’s sleeping sediments
Deeper colour. Some similarities of aroma, but this has a hint of spice and a less elegant bottom! Hmm, this is super in the mouth – round, intense, muscled but zero hard edges – just a mouthful of really tasty wine – über-drinkable. Yum! Fresher and with a hint of licorice in the finish. Rich and impressive for the label! 8.75€!
Really deeply coloured. A super nose again – wide, faint texture. A super depth – half implied – the 14 is nicer. Oouf what a fresh and impressive line – brilliantly balanced concentration. It’s very drinkable, but you should probably wait until its 20! The nose, eventually, is starting to resemble the 2014 now! Super supple, hard to find the tannin though clearly there’s plenty.
Also super-dark colour. Very much like the last wine, with a hint of extra mineral impression in the bass. Bigger, more vibrant and energetic – oof! can I contain it in the mouth?! Still a great wine, lots of tannin, more visible here. The last you should wait for, this it’s almost mandatory to wait for, but bravo!!!
A single parcel of over 100 year-old vines on decomposed granite – not separated every year – lots of red iron oxide here. The name is that of the lieu-dit.
Super dark – saturated colour. The nose is fresh, very faintly spiced, equally faintly saline. Mouth-filling but fresh and alive – layers of flavour. Ooh – the flavour grows and grows, saline and mineral in the middle and long, long. Bravo!