Beaujolais - Morgon 2006 - Wine


Morgon
Morgon

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Morgon

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

This wine is a blend made from the great parcels owned within the appellation by the Château des Jacques, namely the Côte du Py, Les Pierres, Bellevue and Roche Noire. The volcanic, granitic soils vary from one vineyard parcel to another, lending the wine complexity.

Vinification

Picked and sorted by hand, then de-stemmed, the grapes macerate slowly over the course of three or four weeks. Indigenous yeasts are used throughout the fermentation period, and extraction by means of both plunging and pumping over takes place on a regular basis.

Maturing and bottling

The wines are aged in our historic cellars over the course of 10 months, spent in second and third use oak barrels. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Alliers, the Limousin and the Nivernais.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

Our Morgon derives its individual character from the volcanic soils on which it was grown. Although firm and powerful, the tannins nevertheless show Gamay's typical suppleness. The wine's concentration and its violet perfume suggest a match with elegant, subtle dishes.

Conservation

The wine needs two or three years to reach its peak, and can then age comfortably for several decades.

The Vintage

The cold start to spring, which lasted until Mai, delayed budbreak, but the high temperatures that followed brought flowering forwards; some flowers were even burned by the extreme heat. July was particularly hot and sunny but, unlike in 2003, nights were cool. Unfortunately, August was both cold and rainy, threatening the health of the bunches. September didn't start off well, but came good with the return of enough sunshine to dry the berries. Picking began on 13 September. Although the wines of 2006 will never achieve the greatness of the 2005s, they are pretty wines with good concentration, showing great balance of alcohol, acidity and tannin.


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