Potel Aviron

Stéphane Aviron has adopted an almost radical return to tradition in Beaujolais: sustainable viticulture, extremely old vines and classic Burgundian techniques. His cru Beaujolais drink like fine Burgundy.

Historically considered "poor man's Burgundy," a modern movement toward fruity, simple, quaffing wines boosted sales but eroded the region's traditional quality. Stéphane Aviron has reversed the trend. By focusing on the Beaujolais village crus, the best sites for unique, expressive wines, and finding old parcels of vines, Aviron creates very expressive, age-worthy wines relying on traditional and new methods, including organic and biodynamic vineyard management. All wines are labeled "Vieilles Vignes," old vines, because the vines are at least 40 years old. Stéphane Aviron's wines are authentic in every way.

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Potel Aviron Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 2010
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"The grapes are from parcels of 50 year old vines located on sandy granitic soils. The cru villages of Beaujolais are generally on rocky, granitic soil and are classified as such because of the grape’s natural affinity to the soil type. Rather than using the carbonic maceration technique that

Potel Aviron Morgon 'Cote du Py' 2010
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Fresh and tangy, enriched with coffee liqueur and smoky base notes, this offers light tannins framing the flavors of pure black cherry and black currant fruit, with tobacco, ground anise and clove elements. Aromatic." ~AN  Wine Advocate 90 "Tallow, bacon fat, and beef marrow

Potel Aviron Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes 2010
90  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 90 "Bright ruby-red. Pungent aromas of cherry pit and black raspberry are lifted by a hint of blood orange. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors pick up spiciness and energy with air, along with a hint of dried violet. Show very good sweetness and energy on the finish, which

Potel Aviron Morgon Cote du Py Vieilles Vignes 2009
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The sumptuously-textured Potel-Aviron 2009 Morgon Cote du Py Vieilles Vignes is surprisingly understated but ultimately quite convincing, and almost certainly worth pursuing for another 3-5 years. Salted plum and its pit; elderberry; beef marrow; bay laurel; crushed stone; and

Potel Aviron Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 2009
90  Wine Advocate 
 Wine Advocate 90 "The Potel-Aviron 2009 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes hails from the Point du Jour – near the edge of the Moulin-a-Vent appellation – and La Madone. Tart-edged purple plum and pomegranate are tinged with salt, pungent herbs, and a savory sense of meaty pan drippings, all of which combine

Potel Aviron Cote de Brouilly 2009
Cellartracker 90 "All wines from Potel Aviron are labeled Vieilles Vignes, old vines, because the vines are at least 40 years-old. This is true Beaujolais! Ripe strawberry, cherry aromas and flavors, chocolate and spice, clean and fresh, on a sturdy structure. A little more rich and powerful

Potel Aviron Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes 2009
"A very structured wine including the soft, leathery tannins. Wild strawberries, plums, and berries...lots of ripe, red currants to finish off the wine. This is one for the ages from the best vintage beaujolais has seen in half a century." F.P.

Potel Aviron Cote de Brouilly 2008
87  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 87""A richer style for the Cote de Brouilly, displaying chocolate and sandalwood flavors that weave through spiced plum and kirsch notes. This is elegant overall, showing good integration to the chewy tannins and tangy acidity." ~A.N.

Potel Aviron 'Vieilles Vignes' Morgon Chatesau Gaillard 2005
"The vines here are 65 years old and the wine is ample, full of fruit with suppleness in the center and a firmness at the very end." ~ Winery Notes