Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Village 2018
It’s amazing how distinctive and consistent is the style and vineyard character of each of these cask-matured Beaujolais. As a group, these wines offer excellent value even by the high standards of price-quality rapport that prevail among top Beaujolais growers. DAVID SCHILDKNECHT, The Wine Advocate
Made in the Burgundian fashion, Aviron’s wines have earned a reputation for ageworthiness and, in my experience, really demand the wait. At the very least, bottles of his Crus that are less than three years old should get a little air time in a decanter before serving. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous
Old vines, sustainable viticulture and classical winemaking are the foundations of Stéphane Aviron’s approach. Supple, succulent and expressive, these are immensely drinkable wines that privilege purity of fruit and aromas. Aviron’s Morgon Côte du Py, sourced from Jean-Marc Burgaud, is a particular highlight, but there are plenty of excellent cuvées here that merit readers’ attention. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate
If there’s one wine region that is putting a collective smile on the face of winemakers, importers, merchants, sommeliers, wine bar staff and consumers around the world right now it is Beaujolais. What a moment it is having. NICK STOCK, jamessuckling.com
The string of very good to outstanding vintages for Beaujolais continues apace. There has never been a better time to explore this region’s delicious, approachable wines, especially considering the seemingly endless, often steep, price hikes for most wines from other historically pedigreed regions across the globe.
This is a vintage that’s shaping up to be, generally speaking, a collection of ripe wines but not so ripe as to scare off the purists. They are, as a group, definitely in the fruit-forward, seamless, juicy and low-tannin camp, showing very good concentration as well as energy and, surprisingly, sharp delineation. I’m betting the 2018s will provide abundant appeal to the masses while also striking the fancy of those who prize or even demand the freshness and energy of classic Beaujolais. Low tannin levels and buoyant, juicy fruit make the wines that I’ve seen almost immediately pleasurable, which is a huge positive for restaurants and for consumers who don’t the storage space for cellaring or simply the taste preference to let these wines age. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous
So, I re read my offer for the previous vintage of this before I attempted to write a spiel for Stephane Aviron’s latest release. It began with an apology for the numerous quotes and an explanation as to why we keep harping on about Beaujolais, and the wines of Stephane Aviron in particular. We think everyone should be drinking more of the stuff. I don’t see any need to change tack this year…. apologies for all the quotes above and the little rant below about how good Aviron’s wines are.
The latest release of this perennial PWS favourite is an absolute belter. All that easy going and upfront fruit that people expect from the wine but with a little extra stuffing crammed in to the 2018. Also there is a more savoury edge and just a touch more grip. Nothing surprising there, 2018 was a great vintage in the region and everyone who can make good booze nailed the year, which Stephane can, he really, really can.
For us, and the huge fan base he has garnered here in Oz, what makes this stick out above so many others on the market is that the wine is made with an unerring focus on quality, even at the humble village level. His wines are always crafted with the intent of being the greatest expression he can coax out of his vines in any situation. He is quite a serious fellow and it shows in his Beaujolais.
While prices have started to steadily creep northwards in Beaujolais in recent times, Stephane has kept his prices the same for a few years now. His focus on producing wines of this quality with a reasonable price tag is admirable and the result, we think, is one of the best value prospects on the market.
Usually when we offer these out there is a bevy of reviews for the wines but that doesn’t seem to be the case, as yet, this year. There is no question in my mind that the reviews will follow though. You need only look at the track record of this offering to get a feel for it.
We are offering the wine at 20% off in straight six packs or dozens. That makes this $24 each (cheaper than last year). That’s $24 each for a Beaujolais of this class, from one of the guns of the region. If this was made a little further north in the Cote de Nuits it would be many times this price. $24 for gorgeous, attractive, supple and seductive drinking that is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.
This is the kind of wine you buy dozens of, or as much as you like, and just have on hand for whenever you feel like a ripping drink that doesn’t have the guilty price tag attached to it.