Morgon Côte du Py


100% Gamay. Desvignes farms 3 hectares on the Côte du Py, which is famous for its roche pourrie or "rotten rock" of manganese-rich, decomposed schist, which makes for notably structured, long-lived wines. Their parcels average 70 years old and have a cooler northeastern exposure at the top of the Py hill.

Viticulture and vinification are consistent across all Desvignes wines. The vines are organically farmed and harvested by hand. The fruit is generally fermented in whole clusters (with some variation by vintage: in 2017 most Desvignes fruit was destemmed due to severe hail damage) in open-top concrete vats, with a maceration of 12-13 days and with a submerged cap. Annual production is approximately 750 cases.

93+ points
"The Côte du Py bottling from the Desvignes family is produced from a parcel of seventy year-old vines, with the wine raised in cement vats for thirteen months prior to bottling. The 2019 version is fairly ripe for the vintage, coming in at fourteen percent octane and offering up a deep, pure and extremely promising bouquet of pomegranate, red and black cherries, pigeon, a gorgeous base of stony soil tones, a beautiful array of stem-generated, sweet spice tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with tangy acids, great mineral drive and grip, ripe tannins and still a fair touch of backend stemminess from the whole clusters perking up the long and youthful finish. This is going to be a brilliant bottle of Morgon, but it will want some time hibernating in the cellar before it will start to drink with true generosity. 2025-2065+."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020

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