2015 Domaine Rochette
Again good dark fragrant berry fruitiness, touch of spice, plum and blueberry. Palate is seductive great fruit drive, cherries, damson then some cinnamon spice, lovely structure, juicy acidity, really very very good. L&S (Nov 2016)
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Fragrant, spiced berry aromas precede plush and soft fruit on the palate, galvanised by lively acidity - a crisp and crunchy style. Decanter Magazine (Jul 2017)
The point of good Beaujolais is to transform the humble Gamay grape into something that reflects its origins, hence the 10 crus, of which Regnié is the most recent, and while it's hard to pin down the Regnié style with precision, it's fair to say that this example reveals a fresh cherryish fragrance and youthfully primary summer pudding fruit quality that will give much pleasure in washing down a barbecued sausage or spare rib. Rating: 87 www.thewinegang.com (Jun 2017)
The Rochette family estate was new to us at the end of 2009, and a very happy discovery indeed. The Beaujolais Villages and Régnié come from 50 year-old vines on stony-sandy soils on a granite bedrock,. The Rochettes work with a very traditional but also clearly very rigorous approach to the viticulture, and, as usual in Beaujolais, where the 'gobelet' training of the vines make them impossible to work by machine, they hand-pick and make a severe selection in the vineyard. Vinification is traditional, in cuve, to make wines which accentuate fruit purity.
The wines have a real identity of their own - as Matthieu says 'it is the terroir that gives us the distinction to the wines - we do not interfere in the cellar - and they all come from the same grape' - Gamay. When tasting the line up in the cellars with the family this incredible distinction could not have been more clear - from the bouncy Beaujolais Villages through the Régniés and on to the Morgon distinct personalities are dramatically different - fascinating. Very sadly Joël died in 2015 - but Matthieu is continuing his father's great work without missing a beat ably supported by his wonderful mother, Chantal. These wines simply sing. Charming and real - a great bargain from these beautiful rolling hills.
Unfortunately, the word "Beaujolais" has become all too readily attached to the word "Nouveau". There's nothing wrong with a bit of fun, and at its best the old Beaujolly Nouveau is fun with a party hat on. But there is a lot more to Beaujolais than young wines being raced across France in sports cars and fruity red wine with your breakfast. Those in the know are starting to purr appreciatively over the wines of the Beaujolais crus. These are the villages whose wines are good enough to be elevated above the generic Beaujolais name and have been given their own appellations. It's all Gamay, so bright crisp fruit is the story of the day, but there's more - there's a silky feel almost occasionally redolent of Pinot Noir and even an ability to improve with a little age. From the subtle delights of Fleurie to the gently peppered Morgon, albeit all on the light side, this is a case that will enhance any wine lovers cellar/wine rack/cupboard under the stairs.
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