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The Morgon has an unusual amount of presence and depth while still being seriously drinkable. The 2017 vintage is layered and powerful with a vibrant, driving core. There’s a lovely balance between richness and energy and an underlying structure that pulls everything into harmony as it carries stony minerality, earth and tea notes across the palate.
Producer Domaine Jean Foillard
Origin Morgon-Villié, Beaujolais, France
Appellation Morgon AOC
Style Medium body elegant red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking The vinification process is exactly the same for the Cote du Py as for the Classique – the differences between the 2 wines come from the vines and the terroirs.
Manual harvest into small, 40kg boxes, with careful attention to sorting and selection (due to the lack of SO2 during vinification). Bunches brought in as whole as possible and put straight into a refrigerated room to begin carbonic maceration in the best conditions. The whole bunches are carefully transferred to an open wooden vat and a number of 50hl cement vats and soaked with CO2 to begin carbonic maceration. Indigenous/wild yeasts
Pressing by pneumatic press (grapes are transferred by fork to maintain the structure of the bunches and berries). After pressing juice from both the foudre and cement vats are blended and the cooled slightly to slow the fermentation. Gravitational ‘pumping over’ – a smaller vat is filled with juice, raised above the main vat and drained back into it. Less aggressive than mechanical pumping over causing less damage to the wine and the yeasts. After fermentation wine is racked into foudre and casks where it stays on its fine lees for 6 months before a final blend and bottling. Old wood – buys one year old casks and uses them for 10 years, with the objective of keeping the wood in the background. These are supplemented with two large foudres, both over forty years old. A tiny amount of SO2 is used at bottling only.
Notes Organic and Biodynamic not certified