Sunday, August 12, 2018

2016 Stephane Aviron

2016 Stephane Aviron Chenas Vieilles Vignes...$17.99
Made from vines over 100 years old
Stphane Aviron makes wines from many of the crus of Beaujolais, the ten villages that have the potential to produce distinctive wines that stand apart from those labeled Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages. (Indeed, wines from these villages rarely put Beaujolais on the label.) One of the things I love about his wines is their transparency, which is to say, the possibility of seeing through the grape variety he uses to the place where he grows them. Take this Chnas, the smallest of the 10 crus, for example. Characteristic of the wines from that village, its meaty and bold with an ever so slightly charming rustic texture. Its an excellent choice for a hearty slow-simmered stew.
Rated 90/100 Wine Review Online

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2016 Stephane Aviron Moulin a Vent Vieilles Vignes...$19.99
Avirons Moulin--Vent dazzles with a paradoxical firmness and fleshiness. The tannins are fine, not hard or astringent. You can almost taste the granitic soil of this cru in this tightly wound wine. Uplifting brightness in the finish amplifies its appeal. It takes time in the glass to blossom so either decant it before serving, or better yet, put it in the cellar for a few years and his wines from the other crus.
Rated 93/100 Wine Review Online
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2016 Stephane Aviron Saint Amour Vieilles Vignes...$19.99
One of the more rare crus.  Rich fruit with a violet finish. The palate is very well rounded with black cherries and cassis. Smooth and rich and very hedonistic.

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2016 Stephane Aviron Cotes de Brouilly Vieilles Vignes...$15.99
The appellation of Côte de Brouilly sits on the high slopes of the extinct volcano Mont Brouilly and is surrounded by the larger appellation of Brouilly. The Potel Aviron Côte de Brouilly is sourced from two separate vineyards. The first makes up about 75% of the blend and sits in the pour soils facing southwest on the hillside. Vines average 60+ years old. This parcel accounts for the wines depth and structure. The second parcel faces due south with younger vines (40+ years) and contributes ripe juicy fruit to the final blend.
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Avg Vine Age: 40-60+ years

2016 Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote de Py....$19.99 
Morgon, along with Moulin--Vent, are the two cru that produce the sturdiest wines that often need several years of bottle age to show their true beauty. The Cte de Py is an area within Morgon made of black volcanic soil that imparts an austere mineral-like quality to the wines. Avirons, while displaying this lovely deep minerality, has a beguiling and unexpected suaveness that makes it a delight to drink now. You can safely buy this one by the case, because judging from past vintages of his Morgon Cte de Py, it will develop beautifully with bottle age.
Rated 92/100 Wine Review Online

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