Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes Sable 2019
SPECIAL – Buy 6 or more. 94 points, Wine Advocate “..elegantly structured and built to age..”
“** 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.
“… 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
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.
Most of Bouland’s offerings are technically old-vine, but it’s only this and the Délys cuvée (see seperate listing) that celebrate the age of the vines on the label. This again comes from Corcelette but from vines on granitic sand soils (‘Sable’ means sand). The vines here were planted in 1926, so it’s truly a Vieilles Vignes cuvée. It is the sister wine, if you like, to the Cailloux (rocky) cuvée (also listed seperately).
Despite the vine age the winemaking remains the same, so what you have here is the depth, intensity and personality coaxed from some of Morgon’s oldest vines. The value here is off the charts. It’s such a jubey, fine and pretty wine. If it was from the Cote d’Or you’d swear you were in Chambolle.
94 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate “The 2019 Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes Sable is excellent, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cherries, plums, violets and orange rind. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and muscular, built around succulent acids and powdery tannins, it’s elegantly structured and built to age, even if it’s charming enough to be enjoyed young—the 2011 vintage from my own cellar is drinking brilliantly.”
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