Dominique Piron’s family history in Beaujolais spans more than four centuries, with his oldest known ancestor born in Morgon in 1590. Since then, there have been 14 generations of winegrowers in the family. Dominique seeks to create characterful terroir wines that are fruity, subtle and elegant from his sloping vineyards of fragmented granite and schist. These are wines that showed us what we’d long been looking for from Beaujolais but had almost given up hope of finding.
This is a very ripe and bold Booj, though it does have a stony ‘mineral’ character, but with rich dark cherry, liquorice and chocolate, though some dried flower perfume and spice is there too. It’s fleshy and chocolaty, almost like a Shiraz, but does carry perfume and stamp of region, just not so much tension and finesse. Tannin is sooty and sweeps through the wine, and the finish is all ripe cherry and chocolate. I like this wine, though it’s atypical, and likely best enjoyed young. Tasted: Aug 2021; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $42; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2021-2024+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
This Fleurie has explosive floral aromas and is very energetic and focused on the medium-full palate, where the tannins are discreet and the mineral freshness calls the shots right through the vibrant, long finish. Still embryonic, this needs to calm down a bit. Better after 2022. Rating: 93 Points; James Suckling
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