Jean-Paul Thévenet is one of the Gang of Four of Beaujolais (the others being Guy Breton, Jean Foillard and Marcel Lapierre) and perhaps best embodies the traditional qualities that these winemakers have championed. Thevenet works a plot of extremely old vines in the Morgon appellation. The average age of the vines is 70 years and they are cultivated organically and yield very little fruit.
Light red in color with a distinct cloudiness. 13.5% ABV. Unique nose of red fruits, fresh vegetables and iron. Medium body with strong acidity. Prominent tart, sour fruits. Cranberry, blood orange, baking spices and iron on the palate. Nice length on the finish. I suppose the cloudiness would mean this wine is flawed but it is certainly drinkable. That being said I am a little surprised this wine was bottled like this let alone that Kermit Lynch put his name on it. Drink soon.
My rating: 84 points.
The 2021 version of this wine can be found for $30. I’ve bought a few and will report back to you soon.