Julien Sunier

"The domaine of Julien Sunier is one of the most exciting new tiny properties to come out of the Beaujolais in recent years. Sunier grew up in Dijon, but was not part of a wine family. His mother in fact made her living cutting hair, and one of her regular clients happened to (auspiciously) be Christophe Roumier.

When Julien graduated from school, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life, so he decided to go work with Roumier to "see what this wine stuff was all about". He then got the "wine bug" and spent his early twenties globe-trotting on the international wine route. His travels took him to California and New Zealand, allowing him to both surf and work harvest in both hemispheres. When he returned to Burgundy, Julien worked alongside winemakers Nicolas Potel in Nuits Saint-Georges and Jean-Claude Rateau in Beaune, where he solidified a passion for organic and biodynamic viticulture.

Following his stint in Burgundy, Julien spent five years managing a large negociant where he worked with growers in all of the 10 Cru Beaujolais villages. This work proved to be invaluable as it gave him a strong understanding of the various micro-climates and micro terroirs throughout the region.

In the Spring of 2008, Julien set out on his own to pursue his dream of establishing a domaine more in sync with his own ideas of organic viticulture and natural winemaking. He secured three hectares of densely planted, old-vine, hilltop parcels in the Cru villages of Fleurie, Morgon and Régnié. He is currently working to convert all of his vineyards to organic viticulture. Harvesting entirely by hand, Julien does whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentations in concrete vats at low temperatures in an effort to preserve fresh fruit flavors and a delicate tannin structure. After the alcoholic fermentations are complete, the fruit is slowly and gently pressed over a 24 hour period using an ancient vertical press Julien acquired in the Côte D'Or. The wines are then aged for up to 11 months in 3 - 9 year old Burgundy barrels that he gets from his old friend, Christophe Roumier.

The resulting wines are exceptionally pure, elegant and without artifice. Perhaps it is the provenance of his barrels, but there is a bit of a Chambolle hand that comes through on Sunier's wines (though perhaps a touch of Morey on the Morgon?). They are at once bright, floral and high-tones but with an ethereal texture and a beguiling, long finish. While you would be hard pressed to try and delay the immediate gratification of drinking the wines young, they have the depth and balanced structure to reward medium-term cellaring.

We look forward to seeing Sunier's continued rise to the forefront of the region's most compelling producers."

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Julien Sunier Regnie 2017
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2017 Régnié burst from the glass with aromas of red fruit compote, strawberries and flowers. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, ample and satiny, with a textural attack, lovely depth at the core and a layered, multifaceted profile. At 13.5% natural alcohol, it’s the
Item Number: 31779

Julien Sunier 'Wild Soul' Beaujolais-Villages 2017
2  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "A 2,000-bottle cuvée produced from purchased organic grapes, the 2017 Beaujolais-Villages Wild Soul exhibits a spicy bouquet of raspberries, cassis and sweet soil. It’s medium to full-bodied, rich and chewy, with a dark, sapid core of fruit. A touch of dissolved carbon dioxide
Item Number: 31014

Julien Sunier Fleurie 2017
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Beautiful cherry nose with some real subtlety. Sleek and crisp but also concentrated, delivering a long, clean finish. The gentle tannins are beautifully integrated. Lacy and elegant."  "The domaine of Julien Sunier is one of the most exciting new tiny properties to come out of
Item Number: 30614

Julien Sunier Regnie 2016
92  John Gilman 
John Gilman 92 "The 2016 Regnie from Julien Sunier (Antoine’s older brother) is also an excellent bottle, with a bit more sappiness than Antoine’s version, but with the same impeccable balance and classic soil signature. The nose is complex and very expressive, offering up scents of black cherries,

Julien Sunier Fleurie 2016
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Bright berry and strawberry aromas with hints of spices and cedar. Medium-bodied, firm and silky with a vivid finish. Fine tannins and a compressed texture."  John Gilman 91+ "Julien Sunier’s Fleurie is raised in a combination of seventy percent used Burgundy barrels and

Julien Sunier Morgon 2016
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Very complex aromas of crushed berries, plums and bark. Some fresh mushrooms, too. Medium to full body with polished, dusty and light tannins, which underscore the fruit."  Wine Advocate 91 "The 2016 Morgon comes equipped with a bundle of pure red cherry, wild strawberry and

Julien Sunier Morgon 2011
94  John Gilman 
John Gilman 94 "As readers may recall, Julien Sunier’s Morgon hails from two parcels in the appellation, one being the well-known la Corcelette. The wine is not de-stemmed, is fermented in cement tanks and aged in old Burgundy barrels for eleven months prior to bottling. The 2011 offers up a very

Julien Sunier Fleurie 2011 1.5L
92  John Gilman 
John Gilman 92+ "Julien Sunier’s 2011 Fleurie is an absolutely superb example of this top-notch vintage. I assume that this wine is raised along the lines of his fine Morgon- not de-stemmed, fermented in cement tanks and aged in old Burgundy barrels for just under a year prior to bottling. The 2011