Wine of the Month
Julien Sunier Morgon 2016
Beaujolais is an underrated Burgundy region, which always seem to end up in the shadow the great wines from Côte d'Or. Mostly known for its it easy drinking and fruity Beaujolais Noveau, pumped out onto the market in great volumes shortly after the harvest. The wines from Beaujolais are so much more, something that finally is starting to show thanks to a new generation of winemakers eager to put their mark in the world of wine. The global mass market has not yet fully acquired a taste for Cru Beaujolais, meaning that the value for money factor here is huge.
Julien Sunier grew up in Dijon without any great ambitions of winemaking. Opposed to many other of his French countrymen who grew up with grapegrowing and winemaking, it was simply not a part of his upbringing. But by the end of his last year in school, he found himself lost without a clear direction or path for the future. Julien decided to give the wine business a chance, to see what all the fuzz was about. It didnt take long before he got obsessed. He ended up spending most of his twenties traveling around California and New Zealand to make wine and gain experience.
When he finally arrived back in Burgundy the started to work with some of the great winemakers like Nicolas Potel in Nuits Sain-Georges and Jean Claude Roteau in Beaune. These cooperations ignited a spark within him, giving him a great interest in Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture.
In 2008 Julien decided to pursue his own dreams and idea`s. He bought himself 3 Hectars of old Cru vineyards in Beaujolais, focusing straight away towards Organic certification.
The grapes are grown on Organic principles on a soil with a high granite content on 60 year old vines. After being harvested by hand, the grapes are then whole bunch, low temperature fermented in concrete vats. Afterwards they are pressed carefully for a period of 24 hours in an old vertical screw press. The wine is then stored for up to 11 months in 3-9 year old Burgundy casks.
Julien Sunier Morgon 2016
Flowers and red berries dominate the nose with a slight hint of undergrowth at the back. An immensely well balanced wine with both elegance and spice at the same time. Showing a good concentration of flavour and a long mineral driven finish. A wine showing true regional character.
Pairs With: Chiken, lamb and pork
Drink: 3-4 years
Producer: Julien Sunier
Grapes: 100% Gamay
Marius has worked in several parts of the wine business for the last 16 years. He is currently working as a Category Coordinator for wine and spirits in the Travel Retail business. He is also a part of a tasting panel for the financial newspaper in Norway and writes articles and lectures in his spare time.Marius has a huge passion and dedication for the wine and spirits industry. He is a certified Sommelier and is currently undertaking the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits education.