Wine Region: Burgundy - France
Grape: 100% Gamay.
Tasting notes: This astonishingly well-made and vibrant Beaujolais-Villages wine demonstrates the versatility of the Gamay grape though richly assertive with fabulously deep, dark cherry and plum flavours and a long, savoury finish, it remains freshly mineral on the palate. Exciting now, but will improve with age.
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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