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"The James wine is a single vineyard selection that comes from a small plot near the Cross at the top of the Côte du Py."
Wine Region: Burgundy - France
Grape: 100% Gamay.
Tasting notes: This cuvée has a richness and a concentration that is rare in a Beaujolais. It is only produced in the best vintages and in small quantities. The nose has aromas of ripe fruit and well integrated toasty notes. The palate is dense, rich, well structured, silky and with a long, fresh finish. If you lie this delicious cuvée down for a few years it will reach its full potential.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 95/100
“Unwinding in the glass with notes of cherries, wild berries, warm spices and licorice, the 2019 Morgon Côte du Py James is medium to full-bodied, velvety and concentrated, with superb mid-palate amplitude, lively acids and a vibrant core of fruit. Seamless and integrated, it has a bright future ahead of it. Last year, I observed that Jean-Marc Burgaud is a winemaker at the peak of his powers, and his beautifully realized 2020 vintage—in his own words "fresher than 2018, but with more substance than 2019"—only confirms that judgment. These are some of the most consistently delicious wines being produced in the region today, and they're all the better for the fact that Burgaud has abandoned new oak in favor of seasoned wood and pursues gentler extraction than in the past, with his classical semi-carbonic macerations ranging from between seven and 15 days in duration, depending on the cuvée. And there's just one bottling of each wine, making for rare homogeneity—even for his 4.3-hectare holdings in Beaujolais-Lantignié (one of the region's finest values, incidentally). A vertical of Burgaud's Côte du Py, of which he's now produced 31 vintages, is in the works and will hopefully be realized before the end of the year.”
James Suckling 95/100
“This Morgon is so vibrant, it’s shocking! Serious tannins and whiplash acidity give this almost supernatural drive and energy. At the moment, the black-fruit aromas are way in the background, but maybe we have to learn that Beaujolais can live for decades, because this one sure will! Drinkable now, but better from 2023.”
About the winery: Jean-Marc Burgaud is a budding young star in Beaujolais. Located in the village of Morgon, he is hard working and meticulous and has great ambitions for his wines that his vineyards easily justify.
His 19 hectares (Beaujolais villages 5 hectares; Régnié 1 hectare; Morgon 13 hectares) are planted with Gamay noir on granitic/schistose hillsides. The vinification, elevage and bottling all take place in the chateau cellars. The vines are, on average, 40 years old.
Typical Beaujolais vinification, with carbonic maceration of the whole berries for 5 to 6 days. Raised in a tank for 4 to 5 months. Within Morgon there are several lieu dits and the Cote du Py is considered as the best vineyard in the appellation. This large sloping hillside, where the vines are in excess of 50 years old, has soil of schists, degraded rock, iron oxide and manganese which impart a distinct minerality to the wine.
This is a well-structured wine, redolent of black fruits (mulberries and cherries). Carbonic maceration of the whole berries lasts 12 to 15 days, and the wine is raised in barrel as well as tank. Jean-Marc’s wines are all very bright and pure.
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