Who: Charly Thevenet
What: Régnié, Beaujolais
Where: Villié-Morgon, Rhône-Alpes
When: 2007

The Story

Charly Thevenet is the son of Jean-Paul, who himself started making natural wine in the 1980’s as a friend of, and motivated by, Marcel Lapierre, along with Jean Foillard and Guy Breton.

Charly worked with his father and also with Lapierre, before he created his own Domaine in 2007. He chose Régnié, a less well-known (and less expensive) Cru than neighbouring Brouilly, Morgon and Fleurie, and which offers a different aromatic profile, lighter, more fragrant, with potential for real finesse.

He bought two very small parcels of vines planted in 1932 and 1946 on different decomposed granite soils, that give depth and complexity, and which he farms biodynamically.

Charly’s label suggests some frivolity. But the wine is rich in both fruit and structure, complex, and energetic.

Charly puts as much artistic intensity into his love of fitness and weight-lifting as farming and wine-making, while also expressing a passion for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. The wines show as much nuance.

For years, Beaujolais has suffered from over-exploitation by négociants and big brands (such as Duboeuf), sustained by chemical farming and highly processed winemaking (Nouveau being a large part of it). This is no longer the case for wine lovers and professionals alike are recognising the fantastic quality and value coming from three or four dozen natural winemakers, making both Cru Beaujolais, such as Morgon, Fleurie and Regnié as well as Villages. These are wines that are structured and finessed. And moreover and most importantly, as Harry Yoxall, who was founder of British Vogue magazine and a connoisseur of Burgundy, put it in the 1960’s: “Beaujolais is the only red wine that really quenches thirst”.

Charly Thevenet’s delicious wine is a brilliant example of where Beaujolais is at now.





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