Beaujolais - Morgon 2011 - 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

Early budbreak and vigorous vegetative growth brought on by warm, sunny weather. A rainy, cold July slowed growth and replenished reserves of water. A few rain showers around the 20th of August were followed by a September marked by sunny days and cool nights, which created the ideal conditions for the bunches to ripen fully, concentrating both acidity and flavours. Picking began on the 27th of August with the earliest-ripening parcels, and the grapes were both balanced and high in anthocyanins. The subsequent har vest took place under sunny skies and at moderate temperatures. The bunches were extremely healthy, and vinification progressed smoothly. The wines are rich and generous, without any harsh angles, and already show great depth. Rich fr uit is balanced by silky, fine-gained tannins and fresh acidity, resulting in a vibrant, dynamic wine. 2011 is a vintage that will age beautifully, although its generosity and charm will permit these wines to be enjoyed in their youth.


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