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2019 Chopin Beaujolais Lantignie
Rounded Beaujolais that Out-performs its Class
January 8, 2022
The village of Lantignie lies among the best vineyards of northern Beaujolais. It borders the cru Morgon to the east and Regnie to the south, Its round full-fleshed wines are most like those of Regnie. It is still a simple Villages in the Beaujolais pantheon but is said to be next in line to become classified a cru like its neighbors.
Its wines are certainly above the level of an average Beaujolais Villages, particularly when crafted as fine a young producer as Raphael Chopin. He purchased his grandfather's vines in 2009, including a single vineyard of 65-year-old vines called La Savoye.
Raphaël’s philosophy is to be respectful of the terroir and the vines in order to offer the best of each vintage. He practices lutte raisonée, and most of the treatments used in the vineyard are of natural origins, such as sulfurs and copper. Vinification is semi-carbonic at a low temperature. Chopin ferments in cement with a minimal amount of sulfites, does not filter and uses only native yeast. He began to farm organic ly 2018 and will be fully certified in the next year or two.
The 2019 is a particularly good vintage in Beaujolais, born out by the quality nd concentration of this current release of Savoye. It is an honest nicely round wine with acid background enough to give it length. Reasonably priced for its quality
2019 Domaine Chopin Beaujolais Lantignie la Savoye; Aroma: Fresh rather pretty very fine elegant; Mouth: Very pretty notes of dark cherry, tight, dense, velvety flesh, finely drawn acidity; Very Good Plus$21; Case, 215.88, (17.99)
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