Exciting 2015 Beaujolais from Julien Sunier
It is possible that my introduction to the wines of Julien Sunier could not have been better given that they are from the 2015 vintage. I really like all three of his offerings and strongly suggest you buy them all. The 2015 Julien Sunier, Regnie is the wine to drink right now. It is dark and earthy in flavor with plenty of texture and even fat. You will return for glass after glass of tasty goodness. The 2015 Julien Sunier, Fleurie possess the most intensity with gobs of grip and structure which will see this wine through many years of development. You can drink it now, as an interesting comparison, but it is best left to age for another two to three years. The 2015 Julien Sunier, Morgon strikes a middle point, crisp yet textured with deep-red rather than dark fruit. It is not as fruity as the 2015 Lapierre, Morgon. It offers more structure for development but I do not think it will develop as long as the Fleurie will. Try them all! These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2015 Julien Sunier, Regnie – $30
Imported by Williams Corner Wine. Alcohol 13.5%. A bit earthy at first then raspberry candy and perfume. In the mouth is a somewhat rounded start which builds to impressive flavor which slowly expands until the finish. This is a supple wine, the weightiest of the trio, which matches the inky perfumed and dry aftertaste. There is a balance of texture, fruit, and stuffing such that this wine will live for years but the the fat and dark, coating flavors are attractive right now. ***(*) Now – 2021.
2015 Julien Sunier, Fleurie – $30
Imported by Williams Corner Wine. Alcohol 13.5%. This is a more mineral wine with a dry start of dark red fruit which exhibits gobs of grip. This is the most tannic and dry with a touch more yeasty flavor. There are notes of stones before the citric, almost tangy finish. It wraps up with a nice low, earthy tone (somewhat reminiscent of the Regnie) in the aftertaste. **** 2017 – 2026.
2015 Julien Sunier, Morgon – $30
Imported by Williams Corner Wine. Alcohol 13.5%. The brighter nose is perfumed. In the mouth is deep red fruit, minerals, and good grip. The tannins are there but so is a crisp acidity. The wine is full of character with some density to the bright, crisp, and subtly spiced flavor. **** Now – 2026.