Morgon Côte du Py 2015

Beaujolais, Burgundy
Gamay Noir
8 months in 100% seasoned French oak barriques
13.5% alc/vol | TA: 5.6 g/L | pH: 3.61
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Cru Beaujolais
While some 44,000 acres of densely-planted Gamay Noir produce a swath of quaffable Beaujolais annually, devotees hold that Cru Beaujolais is where it’s at. Morgon, one of these ten Crus, comprises 2,750 acres of individually-staked gobelet vines on manganese and iron-rich, schist soils. This soil structure provides a minerally edge to the raspberry and dark red fruit characters typically seen. The famed Côte du Py, considered most representative of the Morgon Cru, sits at the highest point in Morgon atop an extinct volcano where hard, black soils produce complex, structured, age-worthy reds.
The fruit was destemmed and the whole berries allowed to undergo a long, natural ferment utilizing wild yeasts in open top vessels. Maturation for eight months in older French oak followed for subtle spice integration. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes
The 2015 Morgon shows rich aromas of ripe raspberries and blackberries complemented by underlying notes of dried citrus. Sweet mountain strawberries and wild herb flavors emerge on the layered palate which is held together with structured fine grained tannins and a distinct, acid driven minerality.
93 pts

"Deep ruby. Powerful, intensely perfumed dark berry, cherry preserve and licorice scents, along with hints of pungent flowers and incense. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering sappy blackberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that become livelier on the back half. Plays richness off elegance with a sure hand and finishes very long and sweet, with harmonious tannins coming in late."

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (December 2017)
88 pts

“Plush, with kirsch, fig and plum compote notes infused with floral, licorice and spice elements. This medium- to full-bodied red is backed by supple acidity and fleshy tannins.”

Gillian Sciaretta, Wine Spectator (November 2017)