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MORGON - Les Charmes

Les Grandes Mises
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2014  

Origins

From the 10th Century onwards, we find traces of vineyards in Morgon. An act dated 956 A.D.shows the sale of a vineyard by the Sire de Beaujeu to a local vassal. Morgon is one of the 10 crus of the Beaujolais. The vineyard is situated on hills west of the Saône river, in the heart of the crus in the northern part of the region. (50 Km north of Lyon, 25 km north of Villefranche and 25 km south of Mâcon) and stretches over 1,100 hectares.

Grape varietals

Black Gamay with white juice

Terroir

A special terroir made up of decomposed rocks and brittle schists, Morgon is split between 6 distinct climats - Les Micouds, Corcelette, Douby, Les Grands Cras, Les Charmes and the most famous “Cote du Py”.

Formed by the weathering of brittle crystalline rocks, essentially pyritic schists, rich in iron-oxide and a little manganese, the soil is made up by irregular-shaped rocks, thus containing more or less clay. What is known as “roche pourrie” or “morgon” is a very-advanced form of schists and very old volcanic rocks.

Situated on a South-facing plateau which dominates the picturesque village of Villié-Morgon, the « Les Charmes » vineyard is the most famous of the 10 Beaujolais crus. At an altitude of between 300 and 450 metres on arenacious granite, it gives perfumed, well-rounded wines.

Vine and soil

Age of Vines: between 60 and 100 years

Yield: 40 hectolitres per hectare

Plots: From a vineyard of 8000 m2, rigorously selected by the partner-grower. The vineyards face South-South West. The vineyards, pruned “en gobelet”, have been grassed for the past 5 years. This reduces the growth of the vine and gives a better grape concentration. The vineyards are worked by sustainable farming methods.