Tasted in ‘Bastys’ with Quentin Perroud, 22 February 2021.
Quentin on 2020:
“2020 lots of dryness, also no frost here – we were both lower and higher than the frosted parts – the same as in 2019. The real worry was the dryness as we didn’t have high degrees and the grapes were already starting to shrivel – we waited a bit longer after a first harvest start – 21 & 22 August – then restarted 31 August after some rain on the 29th, finishing 6th September. This last part was much better as the rain had removed any blockage to the maturity.”
Quentin on 2019:
“2019 I like very much, it’s very Beaujolais and we will have to see but it could be a bit like 2009? Zero frost, a little pressure from oïdium on some of the higher slopes but we did okay with that. Plenty of rain in August and then the end of maturity came through very well – started harvesting 17 September – a correct volume for the harvest – Yields of 40-45 hl/ha – it’s what I’m aiming for, yet I’m surprised that there is as much as 40-45 hl/ha in these wines – I have the impression of more concentration than that might suggest. The maturity came slowly in 2019 and we had enough periods of rain – I think it was probably ideal, and the harvest had a more classic timing towards the 20th September.”
It’s the third vintage that I’ve tasted here – and this is the best – an absolutely knockout selection of wines – bravo Quentin and team!
All are bottled:
450m high – sandy, granitic soil – in fact, all the domaine is very sandy.
That’s a big nose – lots of darker fruit, faintly peppery. Mouth-filling, silky, darkly mineral too – that’s a great mouthful of concentrated but intense and balanced wine. I love the texture here too – this is a powerful but balanced wine which you can keep as long as you like or attack straight away – bravo!
From Grand Cras
A more airy side to this wine – open, faintly lactic but still with a purity of fruit. Fresher, more direct and structural, still with super intensity and texture. That’s another lovely wine, one that shows just a hint more grain to the tannin, but it’s still barely visible. The finish is a bit more open versus the concentration of the Regnié. Excellent, maybe better. A beauty again…
Still an assembly of the parcels. One having more clay content.
That’s a lovely purity of dark-red fruit. Open, supple, mouth-filling with concentration but there’s still a growing intensity – another rather concentrated wine – but a great one for ‘mere’ BJV. Bravo!
2019 Beaujolais-Lantignié Blanc
A blend of riper fruit concentration but also airy, almost floral higher tones too. Mouth-filling, mineral. Slowly mouth-watering – there’s a suggestion of mineral rigour but nothing hard. That’s actually a very tasty and concentrated wine. Very good!