Tasted in Juliénas with Sylvain Tête, 16 March 2021.
Sylvain on 2019:
“It’s good Beaujolais vintage – fruity and tasty – but not just that, there’s also concentration and balance too. We had a good volume – there was just a small amount of frost at the bottom of the hills but for us, practically nothing. Not all our 2019s are bottled yet – we’re still waiting to do the Moulin à Vent, for instance.”
Sylvain had dropped off my visit list – not his fault – mine. But as you can see, definitely not for any reason associated with quality – here’s a fine range of 2019s!
2019 Beaujolais Villages La Roche
From the sector of Julié – there’s 5 hectares of this from the domaine’s total of 17 ha.
Not a deep colour but here’s a very perfumed wine – such a great invitation. Supple, fine-textured, layers of flavour with a good mouth-watering freshness. This has lovely energy – still young but a delicious wine. Excellent, approaching great villages.
2019 Juliénas Clos de la Fief
Assembly of multiple terriors.
That’s a nose that is is clearly from the same family as the last with a fine and very forward perfume. More concentrated, nicely textured but showing a bit more of grain – no dryness here though. Muscular concentration, wiry in the middle. Wide and satisfying – also a baby – a concentrated one. Keep patient for a couple of years but it’s already showing fine balance. The finish is concentrated and a little spicy…
2019 Chénas Grand Gandelins
A deep nose, there’s plenty of pyrazine aroma too. Super-silky. An accent of salinity and plenty of complexity – concentrated, silky wine – red-fruited. That’s lovely, the pyrazine is present but less overt in the flavour – it’s a very good wine and very mineral finishing.
That’s an impressive nose – wide, energetic, mineral, held together with a nice floral aspect. There’s a bit more structure here but energy and flavour complexity too – that’s a great wine – bravo. And for keeping if you wish!
Will be bottled in about 2 more months – all destemmed. 1.7 hectares of vines in an area of blue-stone
A little touch of barrel in the width of aroma. That’s a very fine structure, layers of flavour and super flavour complexity too. There’s a little barrel flavour but it’s not too much – I’d still give it 2-3 years in the cellar but this has energy and complexity and lovely sleek but mobile shape. Bravo!
2019 Beaujolais Blanc
Marne and clay here – not much limestone despite a location in St.Véran. The malo was blocked here.
A nice vibrant and finely pure nose. Mouth-filling – very good energy too – mouth-watering with a small rigour to the structure but essentially open and rather tasty wine – it doesn’t resemble St.Véran!