Burgundy

Morgon Côte du Py 2016

Region:
Beaujolais, Burgundy
Varietals:
Gamay Noir
Maturation:
8 months in 100% seasoned French oak barriques
Analysis:
13.0% alc/vol | TA: 5.9 g/L | pH: 3.71
Gnarly means good…actually, great.
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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.
Winemaking
A semi-carbonic traditional method with 30% whole clusters. The must underwent a long, natural ferment utilizing wild yeasts in open-top vessels with submerged caps. The wine matured over the following 8 months in a combination of small tanks on fine lees and seasoned French oak achieving a subtle integration of oak spice characters and texture.
Tasting Notes
Brooding aromas of dark berries with licorice and forest floor nuances. The palate is rich with blackberry and plum pudding flavors balanced by fresh acidity and a well-placed tannin backbone. The wine finishes as rich and layered as it begins. A serious yet versatile Côte du Py.
90 pts/Smart Buy

"Plush tannins hug the cherry tart, red plum and spice box flavors of this medium-bodied red, with fresh acidity highlighting details of licorice, herb and mulberry on the finish."

Gillian Sciaretta, Wine Spectator (August 2018)