Chateau du Basty, Régnié (Burgundy, France) 2015

($17, Jeanne-Marie de Champs Selection): Chateau du Basty, situated a stone’s throw from Régnié and Morgon, two of the Beaujolais cru, has been in the same family since 1482 so it’s safe to assume they know something about the area.  When I tasted there last November, there was no electricity because of a wind storm.  Their wines, however, provided all the electricity that was needed.  Gilles and Pernette Perroud, who own the estate, avoided the pitfall of over ripeness in their 2015s, making an enthralling line up.  Take this Régnié.  The ever so slightly rustic tannins that make the wines from Régnié distinctive and appealing were beautifully balanced by the ripe fruitiness of the 2015 vintage.  Everything — earthiness, tannins, red fruit — is present. Nothing is out of balance or awkward.  The quality and price of this wine is another example of why the crus of Beaujolais are poised to a big hit in the coming years.  Try it this winter, or even over the next several years, with a long-simmered stew.
91 Michael Apstein Jan 10, 2017