« I encountered the wines of this new domaine during my tastings in Villefranche organized by the Inter Beaujolais, and Hoppenot's debut offering impressed me enough to merit special mention. If he can sustain this level of quality, importers should beat a path to his door. »
Origines 2018 - 93
The debut release of Grégoire Hoppenot’s 2018 Fleurie Origines wafts from the glass with pretty notes of blackberries, raspberries, licorice and orange rind. On the palate, the wine is medium to fullbodied, supple and layered, with melting tannins, an ample core of succulent fruit and a nicely defined finish. This is well worth seeking out.
A new domaine – 2018 the first vintage. You may recollect Greg’s name – he was one of the senior team at Trenel but has since decided to concentrate on his own, new, domaine.
He’s converting the vineyard work to organic, and already has an impressive 10 hectares of vines, mainly in fermage.
Clos de l'Amandier 2018
Also a faint touch of pyrazine but also a more overtly fliral presence here. Fresh, a wine of direction and minerality. Fine energy too – far less generous today than the last two wines but it has muscle and great finishing flavour. Really great here.