2018 Beaujolais-Villages Lantignie, Alexandre Burgaud, Beaujolais, France
"Confirming its fine showing last year, Burgaud's 2018 Beaujolais-Villages Lantignié bursts with aromas of cherries, raspberries, violets and spices. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and succulent, it's juicy and gourmand, built around powdery tannins and tangy acids.
I identified this 12-hectare domaine, founded in 2013, as one to watch in my last Beaujolais report, and this more extensive tasting confirmed Alexandre Burgaud's talents. Winemaking here is traditional—which means vinification with whole bunches in concrete, followed by élevage in used wood. Fleshy and flavorful, with the substance to age but plenty of near-term appeal, these are nicely made wines which come recommended." William Kelley, The Wine Advocate. Drink 2020-2026. 92 Pts.
Alex is a volunteer fireman in his spare time, but with a young family and fast-growing domaine, that spare time is increasingly limited. His Beaujolais-Lantignié is a particularly fine example of what can be achieved in a commune many believe is destined for cru status. The vines here are Alex’s oldest, at over 50 years old, and lie on rocky (blue granite) soils not dissimilar to those of the Côte du Py, in Morgon.