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MORGON - Les Charmes 2014

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.

Vinification and maturing

Burgundy-style vinification, grapes 80% de-stemmed, not crushed. Placed by gravity either into a concrete vat (50%) or a stainless-steel vat (50%)

Maceration: 3 weeks between 22° to 24° C. with cap-punching, over-pumping and racking.

The wine was put in barrel (3 to 6 years) by gravity. 228-litre Burgundy barrels of French origin mainly from the Troncais forest, with medium toasting so as not to “mark” the wine too much give the wine its light toast hint and necessary rounded style to fully express this terroir.

Ageing: 7 months on oak barrels.

Tasting notes

This Morgon Les Charmes opens with a ‘jammy” nose, with aromas of black fruit, candied cherries and fig. Its ruby red colour, intense and brilliant, reveals a wine of fine structure to the taste, associated with freshness and tight tannins. Its soft texture, lightly oaked precedes a persistant, complex, charming finish!

Serving suggestions

Decanting the wine would help discover all the charm of this great wine. Best served at between 16° and 18°C. Try different food-matching as this Morgon will go well with gastronomic dishes as well as traditional regional cuisine. Why not try it with a tartiflette for example?

Ageing potential

Morgon Les Charmes will improve over time, without problem, even to 10 years if the temperature and humidity conditions are respected.

Vintage : 2014

A round, crispy and aromatic vintage. With an early start to the year, Springtime was warm and dry and limited the vegetative growth of the vine. Summer rainfall in early July helped to accelerate the development of the vine and the grapes. Flowering took place in early June followed by the “veraison” (grapes change colour) at the end of July. The result was a low potential yield with small bunches. Under sunshine and warm weather the harvest started mid September, giving grapes with high potential degrees.

Handpicked on 15th September 2014.