Julien Sunier 'Morgon' Gamay Beaujolais, France 2018
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It could be said Julien Sunier began his love affair for wine watching his mom trim the locks of cult Burgundy producer, Christophe Roumier. It was no doubt with Roumier that Julien learned first hand the traditions of Burgundy, the romance of wine making and his desire to explore the world of wine. Julien set out for California and New Zealand, headed back to France for work in biodynamic viticulture and became enamored with the wines of Beaujolais. In 2008 he landed 3 parcels of old vine Gamay in Fleurie, Morgon and Régnié. He converted all vineyards to organic. He employs whole cluster fermentation, slow press in an antique vertical press acquired from the Côte d'Or andaging in used barrels from his old pal, Christophe Roumier. Full circle, squad.
The Morgon comes from 60yr old vines planted on roche pourrie, a granitic topsoil over a clay base that lies 2 meters below. Wild red fruit with cassis, plum and a little spice. Great acidity. Light, energetic and elevated.