Wine of the week: a superstar Beaujolais with depth and elegance

This awesome red combines the fruit clarity of Beaujolais and the profound depth and elegance of superstar winemaker Jean-Marc Burgaud’s top Cru wines.

2020 Régnié wine
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2020 Régnié, Vallières, Jean-Marc Burgaud, Beaujolais, France

About £18,,,, Nysa Wines, 020-7924 5727

There are two things that I love about this week’s tip. Firstly, a select handful of independent merchants have spotted this truly awesome wine, and they are to be applauded. Secondly, the wine itself is utterly thrilling, and it does a neat job of explaining the virtues of the 2020 vintage in Burgundy and Beaujolais in red-wine form.

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January is Burgundy month, and I have already written copious notes on my website about the finest wines, which you should already be securing for your cellar. But as very few of the reds have found their way into bottle yet, and purchases are made as En Primeur “futures”, I thought I would find the most expressive example available in the UK right now and implore you to drink it. This very wine will explain the vintage in a couple of truly delicious gulps.

While many think of the 2020 Burgundy vintage as a high-quality white-wine year, the very best reds are dark coloured, ripe, and refreshing. The best reflect their vineyards precisely with crisp acidity and supple tannins. Jean-Marc Burgaud is considered one of Beaujolais’ superstar winemakers. While his Morgons are long-lived and his expressive Villages wine, Les Vignes de Lantignié, is always a beauty, it is this Régnié that combines the fruit clarity of the Beaujolais and the profound depth and elegance of his top Cru wines. Give a few bottles a road test, and if you like what you see there are many more recommendations to track down in my online notes.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (

Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.  

Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.

He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website,

Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’.  He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. 

Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy.  His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.