91 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): "The 2019 Beaujolais l’Ancien delivers notions of sweet berry and cherry fruit mingled with hints of licorice and spice. Medium-bodied, bright and charming, with powdery tannins and lively acids, it's classically proportioned and full of fruit. Drink: 2021-2026. (Aug 2021)"
This wine is produced from Jean-Paul's oldest vines, which have fewer, smaller grapes with a more concentrated flavor. He is able to harvest the grapes later because there is far less risk of rot, owing to the small bunches. The grapes are very ripe and have a high natural sugar level. The wine is vinified in traditional Burgundy methods. Ancien is a deeply colored wine with a bouquet of red fruit and very soft tannins. It can be drunk relatively young but is probably best at 2 to 3 years old. This is a wine well balanced with natural sugar and acidity.