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    2018 Charly Thevenet Grain & Granit Regnie

    Beaujolais, FRANCE
    $59. 99 Bottle
    $719.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Cork
    Bright dark red purple core with subtle tinges of black around the outskirts and a light red purple hue. Fragrant scents of rose petals, red plum and sour cherries mix with hints of clove, earth and fresh herbs. Light, supple and bright, the savoury palate has an elegant profile of sour cherry fruits, subtle clove, earth and spicy dried herb elements. Finishes dry with slightly tart acidity, fine boned tannins and a fresh faced medium to long aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 13%

    Other Reviews….
    Average vine age is around 75 years, organically farmed. Some whole bunches used too, I believe.
    Brightly lit, spice and perfume, but all about the red fruits here, and there’s plenty of that action happening. A dusting of fine grained tannin, some redcurrant and cranberry crunch, fresh picked strawberry in particular, and perhaps some milk chocolate coming through on the finish. So lovely for its fresh and not-trying-too-hard approach. Drink 2019-2026+
    92 points
    Gary Walsh – The Wine Front


    This is the domaine of Jean-Paul Thévenet's son Charly, who purchased vines in Régnié some years ago and released his first vintage in 2007. Biodynamic farming, late harvesting, gentle macerations and minimal effective sulfur dioxide during élevage in used barrels are the order of the day. The style is elegant and delicate, emphasizing charm and aromatic complexity over brut force, and the wines tend to age gracefully.
    From parcels in the pink granite soils of lieux-dits Les Braves and Oeillat, Thévenet's 2018 Régnié offers up aromas of red berries, licorice and plums. It's medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a fine-boned, elegant profile, attractive purity of fruit and a perfumed finish. Drink 2019-2026.
    92 points
    William Kelley – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate


    "A local boy through and through, Charly Thévenet was born and brought up in the region, nurtured in the credo of traditional winemaking by his father Jean-Paul and by Marcel Lapierre, for whom he worked for a while. ‘Their basic principles were the use of natural yeast (and consequently no chemicals in the vineyard) and to harvest ripe fruit – and for the wines I like it would be impossible to do anything else,’ he says.

    In 2007 he bought a 3ha vineyard in Régnié, running the tiny domaine separately from his father’s in Morgon, while at the same time working alongside him. From this year the two will be amalgamated as Jean- Paul retires. Charly now vinifies with whole bunches at low temperatures. ‘The technique works in the Beaujolais with our old vines as you get the fruit and the notion of terroir,’ he explains. Like his father he is a recognised figure in the region, but outside discreet and adverse to publicity."
    - (2018, Decanter Magazine)