Les Capreoles – 2019


Cédric Lecareux 2021 Domaine Les CapreolesTasted in Régnié-Durette with Cédric Lecareux, 25 February 2021.

Domaine Les Capreoles
La Plaigne
69430 Régnie-Durette
Tel: +33 4 74 65 57 83
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Cédric on 2020:
We had luck here in Regnié because we had some rain, 60mm in August – not far off normal – after zero in July. Fortunately, there was some rain in June too. Our harvest started 29 August, harvesting for 8 days in relatively cool weather – that was a bonus for bringing in cooler grapes – but fully mature. The market here is ‘sufficient’ in this difficult time – that’s good news for a young domaine – still just 7 years old.

Cédric on 2019:
In 2019 we were lucky again. We didn’t have any bad experiences from frost or hail or anything like that – we actually did have both but lost a few hectolitres here or there. Despite the heat we had a decent volume of rain in the summer, eventually harvesting in mid-September. I think it’s a vintage that resembles 2020 – it’s a question of nuances – but they are two vintages that you can also keep. I’m less sure about that with the 2018s – which will be very good for 5 or 6 years but I’m less sure further into the future.

The wines…

Some great wines from Cédric in 2019 – wines that are worth a special search…

2020 Beaujolais Villages Cossinelle Rosé
Bottled. This essentially from grapes from Lantignié and Régnié. There are 2.6 ha here plus a little chardonnay.
A bright width of aroma, faintly sweet. Equally bright and fresh in the mouth – structured but modestly – That’s a lovely finish – pure, long, mouth-watering. I really like the intensity and purity here. Bravo rosé.

2019 Régnié, Chamodère
This was bottled at the end of June. Only about 20% barrel but as this wine had a bit more length of elevage it is more noticeable.
Lots of aromatic depth, rather fruity, a suggestion of barrel included. Round and concentrated, still with a good freshness, here the barrel is more visible – but a complex wine of salinity and direction plus cushioned texture too. Long and contemplative finishing – only here a faint suggestion of tannin. Very tasty but I’d wait 12 months or more for the barrel to fade…

2019 Régnié Diaclase
It’s a big block of vines behind that they but split into 9 different sectors, this from the higher part. This sampled from tank, having been assembled from barrel in September. The bottling is anytime in the next weeks.
Fuller, more floral-accented darker fruit – that’s a lovely nose, even with the faint highlight of oak. Ultra silky – more direct and fresh. A tiny-grained tannin at the base. A sophisticated, luxuriously-textured wine of layered flavours and mouth-watering interest. Long finishing with a little graphite minerality – the oak is already nearly invisible in the flavours – great Regnié.
2019 Régnié Sous la Croix
The high part of the parcel – not much soil here, just 20-30cm over the granite. A wine that’s completely destemmed for the fermentation. Bottled end of June.
Hmm a smoky element here, almost a roast coffee (no I’ve not had one yet, today) but not long-lasting, slowly evolving in the glass to a more fruited style. Wide over the palate, again a little cushioning, the smoky note makes a reprise in the flavour. This is a more airy style than the previous wine – plus the fumé impression. The tannin is ultra-discrete, gorgeously finishing. Another great wine in a different style.

2019 Beaujolais Villages Terroir de Lantignié Alio Pacto
A single parcel of 25-year-old vines, all whole cluster, 15 months of elevage in older barrels. Bottled in January.
A more open nose – less density, more airy – a cleanliness and freshness of aroma – very attractive. Extra freshness is evident here, also a faint dryness from the fine-grained tannin which frames the flavours. The mid-palate has plenty of concentration though. The barrel is evident but not loud – wait 1-2 years – but here lies delicious wine, certainly great-finishing wine…

And to finish:

2018 Régnié Diaclase
Hmm – that’s rather good – a complexity of aroma here – also with good freshness and floral complexity. Nicely structural but with no hard edges. There’s a base of tannin that grips a little but has no grain. The finish opening out in a floral manner that reflects the nose. Long here. That’s excellent 2018 and rather open too.

2020 Beaujolais Lantignié l’Amourgandise
In bottle for about 2 weeks.
A forward, higher-toned nose – florals and pyrazines. Ultra-fine and direct entry – super texture until a little grainless, drying, tannin exerts itself. But here is a very Beaujolais flavour profile over the palate – mouth-watering and moreish – almost juicy – slightly dry texture as a last impression from the tannin. That’s an excellent wine.

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