Régnié (ray-NYAY) is one of Beaujolais’ more elegant crus, combining the grace and perfume of neighboring Brouilly with the complexity and flesh of Morgon. Paul Cinquin—a former semi-professional cyclist who set aside his bicycle to return to the farm like his father and grandfather before him—now works with his son Franck to continue the family tradition. Cru Beaujolais is a cut above, a medium-bodied red that is wonderfully flexible at the table and a bottle that can age well, too.
APPELLATION: Régnié AOC
BLEND: 100% Gamay
VINEYARDS: Estate vineyards sit on a plateau some 300 meters in altitude
and face south, so grapes are pushed to ripeness even in cooler years, yet
remain balanced. Soils are a mix of sand, pink granite and limestone.
AGE OF VINES: 45+ years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in
temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and aged also in tank. Bottled
unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Cherry blossoms, baking spices. Medium-bodied
and juicy, with flavors of red plums and pomegranate.