Chateau des Jacques Morgon Cote du Py (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2020
With a deep cherry color and nut and red fruit aromas, this wine has firm tannins that can be austere in their youth. Can be consumed immediately, but will soften and develop with a few years of aging.
Pairs well with duck, squab and other poultry, especially in a thick plum sauce, and strong cheeses.
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A wine with black fruits and immense structure, this comes from the iconic Cote du Py slope in Morgon. The wine is rich, packed with tannins as much as fruit. It will age, so don’t drink before 2026.
Notions of blackberries, dark chocolate, spices, vine smoke, peonies and licorice introduce the 2020 Morgon Côte du Py, a full-bodied, rich and muscular wine that's the most brooding, wild wine in the Château des Jacques' range, with an entirely different personality from the estate's Moulin-à-Vent bottlings.
Rating : 93+
COMMENTARY: The 2020 Château des Jacques Morgon Cote du Py is nicely built and soft in the finish. TASTING NOTES; This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of aromatic red fruits. Enjoy it with a roast chicken salad. (Tasted: February 2, 2022, San Francisco, CA)
The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.
Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot Noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.
Four styles of Beaujolais wines exist. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the Beaujolais wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Aside from the wines simply labelled, Beaujolais, there are the Beaujolais-Villages wines, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, and offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior sections are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.
Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.