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
"Aromas of spicy cassis and blackberries mingle with scents of smoked meats and cracked black pepper to introduce the 2018 Morgon Côte du Py, a medium to full-bodied, layered and broad-shouldered wine with a fleshy core of juicy fruit, excellent depth and dimensions, and a long, nicely defined finish. There's plenty of fine-grained tannin here, but it's hidden to such an extent that this will make for more accessible early drinking than the firmer 2017 rendition."
Willian Kelley,
Wine Advocae
, August 2019
94 points
"Glimmering purple. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe, spice-tinged red/dark berries, pungent flowers and smoky minerals. Supple, deeply concentrated and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that become spicier and more lively with air. Delivers a compelling blend of power and finesse and closes with superb clarity and mineral-driven persistence, leaving notes of juicy dark berries and candied violet behind."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, October 2019

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