Completely unlike the quaffing nouveau, and the standard easy drinking Beaujolais Village wines that have permeated the American markets for years, our Beaujolais offerings are a “completely different animal” – very specific terroir driven estate wines from single vineyard sites that will be best with at least 5-10 years of cellaring…..and can actually age longer!! They deserve a place in every serious collector’s cellar. In fact, you should make it a point to include this region, which lies closer to the Rhone Valley than Burgundy, in any of your travel plans.
We just scored a couple of cases of the very rare 2021 Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vielles Vignes (Old Vines)…..only about 2,000 cases are produced, but little gets into the US market. Below is a list of all the pertinent bullets! I know if you like Pinot Noir and Burgs this is going to have great appeal to you.
|WINE||BLEND||VINE AGE||SOIL TYPE||VINEYARD AREA*|
|Morgon||Gamay||70 yrs||Decomposed Granite, Sand||4.85 ha|
|* “ha” = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres|
VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
• Made from two parcels of vines, one 45 years old and the other 110 years old (planted before World War I)
• Biodynamic methodology (aeration of the soil, herbal influsions, natural composts, cover crops, planting in accordance with the lunar calendar) used to stimulate the natural immune system of the vine
• Manually harvested, as late as possible to achieve maximum ripeness
• Rigorous sorting of the grapes
• Indigenous yeasts only to start fermentation
• Long fermentations in cement cuve, with whole clusters, for 15-25 days at low temperatures to allow for longest skin contact possible
• Wines aged on fine lees in 5-7 year-old oak Burgundian barrels for 6-8 months
• Punchdowns occur only at the end of the vinification process
• No fining or filtration