AOC has been a recognised commune appellation since 1988 and is the newest of the Beaujolais Crus. Its vineyards cover 400 hectares spread over the communes of Régnié and Durette.
Made from the Gamay Noir à jus blanc (black Gamay with white juice), as all the Beaujolais wines are, the wine from Régnié is exclusively red. The vineyard soil includes large surface areas made up of pink granite rich in K-feldspar. The rock, which is sometimes porphyroid, contains very varied mineral elements. The area includes a lot of sand. Vinification of Régnié
is carried out with whole bunches of grapes, which is specific to the Beaujolais region. After 8-10 days in vat, depending on the vintage and the wine producer, and a first (alcoholic) fermentation, the grapes are pressed. The run-off juice and press juice are then blended together and undergo a second (malolactic) fermentation, in order to soften the Régnié wines by reducing their acidity.
The Régnié wines' red colour oscillates between cherry and ruby. With a subtle balance of red fruit, fresh and structured by fine tannins, Régnié is produced from grapes grown in southeast-facing vineyards. It is best enjoyed young and up to 5 years' of age. The Régnié wines from Maison Coquard, Domaine Dominique Piron and Château de Pizay are particularly good.