Unwinding in the Wind

Published by Talya Roberson on 18/06/2019

2019 Vintage with Julien Sunier

Just a few days ago, we were sitting on the deck of Julien Sunier’s beautiful house overlooking the village of Avenas in the heart of the Beaujolais cru.

Julien has spent 10 years renovating this property, which he heats with logs, and plumbs from a spring well. Julien is committed to organic winemaking and lives as he works with a respect for nature and in pursuit of harmony. As we unwind together over a glass of Fleurie, he reflects on the 2019 vintage.

Julien Sunier tastes 2019 vintage Beaujolais

“We are in the flowering period… the most vulnerable time for any winemaker as it will determine the volume of grapes we can harvest.

“Today, you can feel this strong, warm southerly wind. We don’t like this kind of wind as it can mean a storm is coming. If that storm brings hail it can be very bad for the crop as it can damage the buds which will reduce the number of grapes the vines produce.

“I’m in the vineyards at five in the morning and every day I can see the new growth. At this time of year, it can be as much as 50cm a week, so it means we must work very fast to tie the vines to keep them controlled and protected from the winds.

“But… we do need the rain. It is very dry this year: the grass along the roadsides is yellow and brittle like straw. It is like the end of summer. So, in the next week some gentle rain would be very good for the crops.

“If we had another year like 2018, that would be amazing. The conditions were so good: the best we’ve had in thirty years. We had lots of excellent quality fruit and this really shines through in the latest release.”

Julien Sunier vintage car

We currently have a range of Julien Sunier wines in stock from the 2017 vintage - 2018s arriving later this year.

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