Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette 2020
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“** producteur des très grande qualité Le Classement, La Revue du Vin de France 2020″ (One of only six domaines with two stars or above in the Beaujolais)
“These were absolutely superb expressions of traditional Beaujolais: serious wines that I suspect will age as well as their more expensive counterparts further north in the Côte de Nuits. They represent outstanding value in the current market…” Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Bouland is a fourth-generation Morgon grower and his tiny (only 8 ha!) vineyard is now recognised as one of Beaujolais’ yardstick addresses.
Surrounding the small town of Villié-Morgon, the vineyards of Morgon are divided into a seven climats: Côte de Py, Les Micouds, Javerniere, Les Grands Cras, Les Charmes, Corcelette and Douby. The majority of Daniel Bouland’s old bush vines lie within Corcelette, in the hilly Haut Morgon to the northwest of the appellation. Bouland farms a number of old-vine parcels in this terroir, where (in general) the sandy granite soils over weathered schists tend to result in wines of great perfume and finer, rounder tannins than those of the nearby Côte de Py.
Bouland portrays the artisanal Beaujolais vigneron in perhaps its purest form. He works alone in his vineyards where most of the material is gnarled, old goblet vines. His young parcels have been planted with selections massal from his older vineyards. Nothing is sweetened and nothing is taken away from the raw, visceral goodness of the juice. Hand-harvesting, very low yields, old wood, wild yeast fermentations, 100% whole bunch (open) ferments and non filtration, places him very much in the back-to-basics-dirt-under-the-fingernails camp.
This particular wine is the first of two cuvées that focus on Corcelette’s sandy, granitic soils. This soil generates wines of great perfume and finer, rounder tannins than those of Morgon’s more schist-influenced terroirs. Bouland separates his so-called ‘younger’ vines in this area (60 years on average so hardly young!) from his very oldest bush vines, which are bottled in the Vieilles Vignes Sable cuvée (see separate listing).
Like all Bouland’s wines this was whole-bunch fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in very old foudre (large cask). This is a superb start to what are four stunning Morgons. Of the quartet, this is the prettiest and, in some ways, the most accessible to drink. It’s fragrant and perfumed with ripe raspberry, rosemary oil, potpourri and smoky minerality. Bouland’s calling cards of high spectrum bright fruits and delicate florals are telegraphed by red cherry and rose petal flavours, complemented by lavender, rosemary, and thyme/garrigue. There is a beautiful wildness to this year’s Corcelette, a wine gently shaped by fine, powdery tannins into a long, mineral finish. Simply gorgeous.
Review of 2019 “… this estate is one of my personal reference points for the Beaujolais. Concentrated and succulent, Bouland’s wines are beautifully differentiated by site and age gracefully. At this address, 2019 has turned out beautifully: generous and elegantly fleshy but also finer-boned than the exuberantly fruit-driven 2018s. With 2017, 2018 and now 2019, Bouland has produced a trio of fine vintages, and I suspect that determining a preference between them will be easier in a decade than it is today.” William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
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