Julien Sunier Wild Soul Beajolais Village 2017

$49.00 inc. GST

From the ever-creative and driven Julien Sunier comes this bright and sappy new wine made of Gamay grown in Beaujolais Villages and Regnie.


This Cuvée “wild soul” impresses with its friendliness, it’s freshness, an unpretentious fruit bomb. 100% Gamay based, it blends different Beaujolais-Villages.


Vineyard: Due to large crop losses in 2016, Julien Sunier founded a small negoce project and went in search of fruit for Wild Soul. This Vin de France is a blend of Gamay from Beaujolais Villages and Regnie Cru.


Orientation: Multiple parcels, varied exposure.


Soil: Granitic soils


Vinification: Semi-carbonic maceration in berglass tank; no sulfur in vinification.


Ageing: Ageing on the fine lees in 3000L concrete egg (no oxygen exposure); 10 mg of SO2 before bottling.


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Reviews / Awards / Ratings

“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 lends freshness but likely also amplies the perception of tannin; Sunier noted that he retained more gas than usual to compensate for the wine’s comparatively low acidity. It’s a tasty, giving Beaujolais-Villages that will drink well out of the gates.” – 90 Points, Robert Parker.

“Pur Jus is the label for his organic négociant wines. Sunier says he can sell his wines at a high enough price for the grower to be paid well. In 2017 (a dry year) the fruit came from Quincié at 450 m on blue stone. The 2018 vintage will be from Lantignié. Aged in egg-shaped tanks of 3,000 litres, also cement and steel tank. He’d like to use foudres but has no room at the moment. Bottled mid May 2018. 12,000 bottles, no added SO2. Peppery dark-red fruit. Dusty rocky. Almost chalky in texture but very juicy and fresh. Dry vintage has given more power because there was less juice in the berries. Fine but very definite tannin. Extremely fresh and moreish. Tight and dusty on the finish. Some grip but the tannins are fine-boned.” – 16 Points, Jancis Robinson.

“It’s labelled as a ‘Vin de France’, but comes from a vineyard that’s 60 years old, and I suspect in Beaujolais Villages. Floral, peppery, juicy cherry, smoky earthy bass. Light to medium-bodied, powdery tannin, fresh fruit with a bit of clod earth and a meaty spicy finish of solid length. It’s very easy to enjoy.” – 92 Points, Wine Front.