Antoine Sunier Morgon

Antoine Sunier

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Snapshot
Vintage: 2016
Bottle sizes: 750 ML, 1.5 L
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Appellation: Morgon
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Gamay
Organic: Certified
Vineyard: 60 year old vines from the lieu-dit Croix de Chevre in the Grand Cras. 270 meters in altitude.
Orientation: South facing
Soil: Ancient alluvials and very rocky.
Viticulture: Organically farmed since 2003, full Agribio certification.
Vinification: Gravity flow to tanks, Indigenous yeast fermentations at low temperatures, to preserve fresh fruit flavors and a delicate tannic structure. Whole cluster fermenteation for 8-15 days, horizontal pressing, manual racking for elevage.
Aging: Aged 8 months on the lees in 80% neutral burgundy barrels and 20% epoxy tanks. Minimal sulfur, bottled with no fining or filtration.
Ratings
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: (89-91)
The 2016 Morgon, which comes from 60-year-old vines in Croix de Chevre and is matured in eight-year-old barrels for eight months, has a clean and precise bouquet with lifted blackberry, raspberry and just a hint of pressed flowers. This is very refined, and I appreciate the manner in which it opens in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite mineral-driven and tensile with a dash of white pepper enlivening the sappy, chalky-textured finish. There is potential here although I would just like to see more joie-de-vivre develop by the time of bottling.