Producer: Domaine Frederic Sornin
Wine: 2021 Regnie "La Ronze" Red Certified Organic
Varietal: 100% Gamay
Tasting Notes: Deep red garnet robe. Intense aromas of sour cherry, kitsch red fruit with hints of agave and pepper. Beautifully balanced and seductive palate of silky, juicy pomegranate and lively acidity.
Pairings: Duck breast, beef prime rib, entrecôte with roast potatoes, grilled fish and charcuterie.
Cellaring: Drink now or hold until 2026
DOMAINE FREDERIC SORNIN
Frédéric Sornin is a 9th generation winemaker who took over
his family estate in 1978. He produces certified organic wines
and tend over 35 acres, divided between holdings in Beaujolais-
Villages, Lantignie, Cru Regnie and the Cru Morgon “Les
Vineyard is ocated in the climat « Les Charmes » in the Cru Morgon at the border of the Regnie appellation. Vines between 50-60 year old on average. High density of 10 000 feet/ha. Very poor soil made of granite sand and silt soils.
The average age of vines are 50-60 year old and his production yield is very low between 20 to 40 hl/ha depending on the conditions of the year. Frédéric farms his land naturally and fermentation progresses in a leisurely fashion with indigenous yeasts. Grapes are hand harvested and only a tiny bit of sulfur is added at bottling.
Frédéric practices an organic farming (certified) in his vines: plowing the soil with his horse, only use of sulfurs and copper in the vines. Manual pruning in “bushes” very short according to the position of the moon. Manual harvest. Use of native yeasts for fermentation. Whole cluster fermentation in gridded vats to maintain cap down. Maceration 20 days in concrete vats. Aging on fine lees in cement for 9 months before bottling. Light addition of SO2 before bottling. (less than 30ppm)
The work of 120 wine growers, Régnié is the youngest of the Beaujolais crus! In fact, it wasn’t until 1988 that this appellation was officially recognized. But the newcomer in the family has got a lot to offer. Its favorable geographical location, in between its two brothers, Brouilly and Morgon, produces wines of a unique fruitiness.For those who would like to learn more about the world of wine, Régnié wines remain affordable and are an excellent way to gain better understanding of Beaujolais crus.
Régnié wines are named after this charming commune with its magnificent double-spired church (designed by the architect who built Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica) nestled on the road to the Loire Valley.Its strategic location meant that its wines could be easily transported and marketed as far off as Paris, even as early as the 18th century. The elegant fruitiness – from a gamay grape that draws its resources from early-ripening terroirs – makes for a wine enjoyed by all palates, even the most discerning ones.
The secret of the success of Régnié wines is their delicious taste, which is apparent even when the wine is very young. However, epicureans who prefer more tannic, structured crus, will also find what they are looking for if they leave this wine to age for a few years.In fact, this Beaujolais cru gets all its originality from the way it ages. If you’re taking your first steps in the world of wine, buy two bottles of Régnié. Taste one straight away to start learning how to recognise its red and black fruit aromas. You’ll enjoy a supple, fruity wine with a nice long finish.As for the second bottle, store it in a dry place at 12°C. Continue learning about wine and wait a few years before opening it. Your trained palate and the way the Régnié has developed will allow you to enjoy a wine with refined, mellow tannins, noticeable red fruit aromas and delicate mineral and spicy notes.
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