Without a doubt, Julien Sunier has become one of Beaujolais' top young winemakers.
For us, it's tasting his Fleurie that makes this clear.
The wine comes from a steep and rocky site that Sumier rents from Yvon Métras' brother. The wines then go on to age in old Roumier barrels.
Sunier's mother cut Christophe Roumier's hair and Julien started working with Roumier. Later, he spent time in the new world and finally landed in Beaujolais where he gained a deep knowledge of the region while working for a negociant before striking out on his own.
We've been following Sunier for the past seven or eight years and 2016 is one of our favorite vintages to date. For Fleurie, 2016 was a really demanding vintage with hail ripping through the vineyards.
Challenges aside, we've completely fallen for the top of examples of Fleuire in 2016 - Metras, Roilette and Sunier. These are wines of gorgeous vivacity, clarity and mineral punch. We've already drunk copious amounts of them.
Sunier's Fleurie comes from an intensely steep parcel of old vines called Niagara. The vineyard has a very, very thin layer of topsoil over Fleurie's pink granite. In Sunier's hands, this site has Fleurie's famous delicacy with an amazingly energetic core.
The 2016 is simply delicious. It has an incisive and gorgeous perfume with a firm core of dark, rocky minerality. There's a really lovely textural component that complements the wine's cut.
We created special 6-pack pricing because you'll want to have lots of this on hand. This is currently one of our favorite bottles of Beaujolais in the store.
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