Notes of cherries, raspberries, licorice and woodsmoke introduce the 2018 Régnié Vallières, a medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered wine with a rich core of fleshy fruit, fine tannins and succulent acids. It's a charming, gourmand wine from sand and granite soils. 92pts Wine Advocate
As Jean-Marc Burgaud celebrates his 30th vintage this year, he has much to be proud of. A winemaker at the peak of his powers, Burgaud has abandoned new oak in favor of seasoned wood, and extraction is more measured than in the past, with his classical semi-carbonic macerations ranging from between seven and 15 days in duration, depending on the cuvée. And there's just one bottling of each wine, making for rare consistency—even for his 4.3-hectare holdings in Beaujolais-Lantignié (one of the region's finest values, incidentally). The 2018 vintage is a great success at this address, delivering succulent and supple wines bursting with lively fruit, and everything reviewed here comes warmly recommended. I'm planning a vertical of Burgaud's Côte du Py sometime soon, so readers can expect additional insights into his wines' superb aging potential.
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