Tasted in the Chateau de la Terrière with Johan & Ludovic, 18 February 2021.
“2020 a lovely vintage, another sunny vintage and the yields were limited by the dry and a strong south wind too – the degrees grew very quickly. We were lucky to have 20mm of rain that came at the end of August that helped to get our maturity over the line – lucky because there was no rain in Moulin à Vent at the same time.”
“2019 brought a little less yield than in 2020 – 37-44 hl/ha depending on the area. Hardly any winter and February was really warm but then the cold and some frost returned at the start of April – we were touched a little but not with significant losses. July brought a heatwave and almost no rain. August was actually cooler and again with some rain. Harvesting starting 8-9 September, 16 September for MaV, 18 September for Regnié – with a big team, nearly 70 pickers. The degrees were not as high as in 2020. We have good acidites, balance and maturities – the colours and phenolics a little lower than 18 or 20 so macerations were a little longer – we kept about 1/3rd of the stems for the fermentations. April/June and July is planned for the bottlings.”
A tough tasting, most of the wines were reluctant to show – everywhere else that I taste these wines they are much more flamboyant and attractive…
2019 Château de Terrière, Beaujolais Villages Vieilles-Vignes
Actually they have no vines in this appellation, rather this is really Regnié – Regnié its harder to sell than BJV! Some destemming but not all. A few pigeages some grillage.
A vertical nose – deep and vibrantly darker fruited. In the mouth starting open, dark-fruited finishing a little prickly and some minerality. The texture is fine and there’s a finishing tannin with a faint grain but not really anything dry.
2019 Château de Terrière, Brouilly
About 12 hectares opposite the château on a rose granite. Replacing some of the older vines for 2 reasons – as they have a small yield and so can mechanically work the soil and move to organic viticulture.
A deep nose, almost a little cooked style to the fruit. More attack, more freshness. Open and concentrated with a little dryness to the fine-grained tannin. Long finishing. This and the last are a little bulky and lacking ‘deliciousness’ today.
2019 Régnié Vin Sauvage a Poil
The polar bear wine (climat Le Siberie – see image at top of the page), from old vines vinified and 2 ha of 1911 vines and with no added sulfur at all so ‘The most stressful wine to make!’
Deeply coloured. Deep and dark fruited – almost roast with a meaty reduction. A narrow but deep nose, high tones too – a vertical nose – darker fruit – only the last drops in the glass lighten and show a little additional floral complexity. Round in the mouth, much more charming than the previous wines and the nose had suggested. Juicy and quite tasty finishing, still a weight of flavour but more enjoyable – a shame about the nose today though.
2019 Moulin à Vent, De la Lure
40% barrel elevage – it used to be 50% – but a little more new barrels. Roughly 12 months in barrel followed by a little less than 2 months in tank.
An extra floral freshness, certainly with some oak support – still the best nose of all these. More open, fresh, better clarity of nice flavour – the barrel flavour more subtle than the aroma. Wide over the plate, a good concentration. Long finishing. By far the most delicious of the wines here – practically excellent wine.