Gamay Noir

Morgon Côte du Py 2019

Region:
Beaujolais, Burgundy
Varietals:
Gamay Noir
Maturation:
8 months in 100% seasoned French oak barriques
Analysis:
13.0% alc/vol | TA: 6.0 g/L | pH: 3.70
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Morgon, 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
The 2019 Morgon Côte du Py offers up generous aromas of rose petals, raspberries and spices. Classically styled, the palate is elegant and fine-boned with lively acidity. Layers of white plum, rhubarb and cranberry are bursting while white pepper and nutmeg live long on the finish.
92 points

"Vivid ruby. Spice-accented aromas of cherry, black raspberry and candied licorice, plus a floral accent in the background. Shows fine clarity and spicy lift to the bitter cherry and dark berry flavors, which deepen as the wine opens up. Finishes on a subtly chewy note, with firm, spicy thrust, broad tannins and very good persistence."

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (August 2021)