Tasted with Raphaël Chopin’s dad – Jacques – in Lantignié, 05 February 2020.
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Raphaël was in the vines when I called, he apologised but said that he’d found a good substitute for the tasting!
Jacques on 2019:
“Not really frosted in 2019 but the heat certainly reduced the volume. Fortunately, there was wine in 2018 – the first for a few vintages here. In conversion to organic, so should have the label next year.”
Raphaël, last year, on 2018:
“2018 – I like to talk about it! Easier than 2017, lots of sun, rain when needed, the only real issue is that the wines are currently a little opulent, less gamay but they taste great. The wines were more fragile in the vinification stage though.”
At this tasting I was unsure about the Beaujolais-Lantignié, but such a great set of Régnié to follow – bravo!
DIAM for all these wines and all these are bottled – perhaps a little early in 2018 – only the Morgon Charmes, not shown, is not yet bottled. The earlier bottlings probably reflect his lack of wine in the last two vintages:
2018 Beaujolais-Lantignié La Savoye
Hmm, that has a nice width, very subtly cushioned. There’s a sweetness but also a nicely frank direction to this wine. Today a little metallic tasting in the middle but the finish is vibrant and wide.
2018 Régnié Les Braves
‘A nice south exposure.’
A bigger, fresh punch of concentrated, fresh fruit. Lots of volume in the mouth, slightly peppery flavour profile modestly tannic, showing more salinity than tannin actually! Wide and full flavoured – that’s excellent Régnié – really leaving a lasting impression in the mouth!
A little more colour here. A little more width of aroma, complex and floral, more compact below. A little gas. Then open, more structured wine – bright, complex ever-changing – that’s great Regnié. Long too.
La Ronze’s old vines (80-90 years) but made in the round tank of 10 hl which looks like a large cement mixer that’s turned through 360° ‘maybe’ once per day for 12 days. Afterwards the elevage is in demi-muids of 500 litres.
Rounder – a completely different style of nose, of fruit, of complexity – all! A certain sweetness, but also an open and structural wine – the essence of fruit without the weight. Wide, layered, fresh finishing. That’s a seriously great finish – as always Grand Vin!