Charly Thévenet Grain & Granit Régnié 6pk 2018
Growing up as the son of Beaujolais’ famous Jean-Paul Thévenet, a member of the notorious “Gang of Four”, Charly learnt the trade at a very young age. Gaining extensive experience helping his father, and working in Marcel Lapierre’s winery, he owns a parcel of eighty-year-old vines in Régnié. He prefers whole-bunch ferments of ripe, heavily sorted fruit at a low temperatures, with no filtration. Charly farms his 3ha vineyard biodynamically, and produces less than 600 cases. Read More
Charly Thévenet Grain & Granit Régnié 2018
Average vine age is around 75 years, organically farmed. Some whole bunches used too, I believe. Importer: Fesq
Brightly lit, spice and perfume, but all about the red fruits here, and there’s plenty of that action happening. A dusting of fine grained tannin, some redcurrant and cranberry crunch, fresh picked strawberry in particular, and perhaps some milk chocolate coming through on the finish. So lovely for its fresh and not-trying-too-hard approach.
Rating : 92 Points
Source: Gary Walsh, Wine Front
Charly Thévenet Grain & Granit Régnié 2018
From parcels in the pink granite soils of lieux-dits Les Braves and Oeillat, Thévenet's 2018 Régnié offers up aromas of red berries, licorice and plums. It's medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a fine-boned, elegant profile, attractive purity of fruit and a perfumed finish.
Rating: 92 Points
Source: William Kelley The Wine Advocate Aug 2019 Drink Date 2019 – 2026
New faces of Beaujolais by James Lawther, Decanter Magazine (July 2018)
Beaujolais is currently enjoying a revival, thanks to improved quality and a run of great vintages. James Lawther MW profiles the young winemakers who are injecting new energy into the region
The rise in quality, authenticity and standing of Beaujolais these days begs the question: who is driving the revival? Beaujolais has never fostered a star-orientated culture but in the grey days of the 1980s and 1990s, when nouveau compromised the region’s reputation, names such Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Jean Foillard and Jean-Paul Thévenet stood out as a beacon for characterful, complex Beaujolais.
One or two of this generation (Foillard, Yvon Métras) are still flying the flag, but in the new millennium the spirit of true Beaujolais has undeniably become more youthful. Mainly in their 30s, the young people leading the fray are often more travelled, open and worldly but they have adhered to the guiding principle of their elders and mentors, which is to maintain a respect for the land and terroir.
An in-depth soil survey of the 10 Beaujolais crus has helped to reinforce this sentiment and fomented the notion of complexity and uniqueness in the region. From this has stemmed the bottling of individual parcels and a strong organic or biodynamic culture for growing Gamay. While fermentation practices (whole bunch or destemming) and ageing (with or without oak) may vary, the idea of a natural expression prevails, which for many means no chaptalisation, natural yeasts and minimal use of sulphites.
Either home-bred or with their origins elsewhere, the younger generation has a belief in the region and a strong conviction that they are recapturing the true expression of Beaujolais. ‘The new generation are proud to be vignerons in Beaujolais and that changes everything,’ says Mathieu Lapierre, who along with his sister, Camille, now runs Domaine Marcel Lapierre.
Below are some of the men and women who are helping to restore the reputation of the region.
A local boy through and through, Charly Thévenet was born and brought up in the region, nurtured in the credo of traditional winemaking by his father Jean-Paul and by Marcel Lapierre, for whom he worked for a while. ‘Their basic principles were the use of natural yeast (and consequently no chemicals in the vineyard) and to harvest ripe fruit – and for the wines I like it would be impossible to do anything else,’ he says. In 2007 he bought a 3ha vineyard in Régnié, running the tiny domaine separately from his father’s in Morgon, while at the same time working alongside him. From this year the two will be amalgamated as Jean- Paul retires. Charly now vinifies with whole bunches at low temperatures. ‘The technique works in the Beaujolais with our old vines as you get the fruit and the notion of terroir,’ he explains. Like his father he is a recognised figure in the region, but outside discreet and adverse to publicity.