Antoine Sunier is a young gun of Beaujolais getting his start in 2014; he is the brother of Beaujolais producer Julien Sunier, whom many may recognize. It has been a while since we have sold Julien's wines, but Antoine is doing equally well taking a page out of his older brother's book with organic viticulture, wild yeast, gravity flow, and traditional whole cluster fermentation. He also had a brief stint with natural wine master Jean-Paul Lapalu, who we also love for his more serious, bigger style. We have never offered the Morgon proper from Antoine, and his piece is a 60-year-old parcel in a prestigious part of Morgon called the Grand Cras, planted on rocky alluvial soil and farmed organically since 2003. The fruit is hand-harvested and fermented at a very low temperature to preserve the fruit's freshness before aging in 90% neutral Burgundy barrels and 10% concrete tank. Botting is finished with no fining or filtering and done with the smallest amount of So2 possible. The 2019 Morgon is a beautiful bottle and could be Antoine's best work to date, so delicious and juicy, yet serious and complex at the same time. This is the best buy for 2019 Beaujolais we have found thus far, and a rare bottle that only comes to the US in small quantities, it's a no-brainer.
John Gilman 93 points! "Antoine Sunier’s Morgon is also produced from sixty year-old vines, located in the lieu à dit of Croix de Chèvre (which is a section of the better known Grand Cras). His 2019 Morgon is an excellent wine on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet wafting from the glass in an expressive blend of cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, woodsmoke, violets, cumin and a lovely base of soil that seems likely to turn beautifully autumnal as the years roll by. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and tangy, with just a touch of natural wine wildness to its personality, a lovely core of fruit, fine minerality, suave tannins and a long and complex finish. This is an outstanding bottle of Morgon, that is quite tasty already, but will continue to improve with bottle age. I do not have a real sense of its potential longevity, due to that bit of natural wine wildness when it is first poured. But, there is a fine structural chassis and it seems that twenty years is at least likely."