Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wine of the Week: Raphaël Chopin Régnié "La Ronze"

This week's featured wine is from one of our newest producers, Domaine Raphaël Chopin's Régnié AOC vineyard. One of the most recently recognized Cru in Beaujolais, Régnié is known to be fuller bodied with red currant and raspberry notes when compared to the other Crus in this category. While both the Domaine and its classification have been established recently, the vineyard itself is over 100 years old and is thought to have been the first site where the Romans planted vines in Beaujolais.

Régnié "La Ronze" has a vibrant purple hue and a spicy nose with strawberry and cherry notes. On the palate fresh raspberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant along with spicy mineral notes are balanced by structured yet fine tannins. The Régnié "La Ronze" would pair beautifully with roasted duck and vegetables, chicken with morels, and traditional stuffed cabbage.

Located in Lantignié in Beaujolais is Domaine Raphaël Chopin, a property of about five hectares of vines in Morgon, Régnié and Beaujolais Villages. The Domaine is made up of young vines planted in 1989, which are next to the oldest, gnarled vines planted in 1905. Raphaël’s philosophy is to be respectful of the terroir and the vines in order to offer the best of each vintage. He practices lutte raisonée, and most of the treatments used in the vineyard are of natural origin, such as sulfurs and copper. Vinification is semi-carbonic at a low temperature.


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