90 Pts Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Vivid ruby. Red berries, cherry and minerals on the nose, with suggestions of graphite and dried violet in the background. Firm and a tad bitter, offering lively raspberry and cherry pit flavors lifted by tangy, slightly edgy acidity. Finishes firm, with solid grip and a slight sharpness." 90 Points - Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"In the Cru Beaujolais region, only a minority of producers bottle their own production. Domaine Michel TÃªte is one of the rare estates where this has been done for two generations of vignerons, since Michelâs father already bottled and sold his wine himself."
"Domaine du Clos du Fief, the formal but rarely used name of the estate, is made up of some of the best plots in JuliÃ©nas. The steep slopes where the vines grow form a geological circus, an almost circular basin creating and retaining very high temperatures in summer, and ensuring JuliÃ©nas grapes good ripeness and early harvests. A few years ago, Michel TÃªte enlarged his holdings by purchasing Beaujolais-Villages vineyards, part of the ChÃ¢teau de JulliÃ© estate, in the village of the same name west of JuliÃ©nas."
"TÃªte doesnât make any claims to organic viticulture, but his ways are old-fashioned enough that they could qualify for the label. As a winemaker, he follows quasi-Burgundian techniques for his Beaujolais-Villages and JuliÃ©nas, with a semi-carbonic maceration where the cap of skins is kept submerged in the juice, and remontages break it several times a day. His top cuvÃ©e, called CuvÃ©e Prestige, is made from a selection of his oldest vines, macerated in open vats with remontages and a half of it is barrel fermented and aged for 10 months."
"TÃªteâs wines are fleshy and generous, have intense color, lively berry aromas, and notes of black pepper. The Beaujolais-Villages and JuliÃ©nas are bold and forward, and very pleasurable even when young. The CuvÃ©e Prestige is aromatically backward in its youth, and its dense, velvety matter develops harmoniously with some bottle age." -Importer
This wine was also scored 87 Points by the Wine Advocate and 83 Points by the Wine Spectator.