Morgon Javernières


100% Gamay. Desvignes has vines averaging 65 years old, with some going back to 1912, in the historic Morgon lieu-dit of Javernières at the foot of the famous hill of the Côte du Py. The soils are much heavier and stickier with iron-rich red clay here versus the more schistous "rotten rock" up the hill. The exposure is also more easterly; the wines tend to be softer, more red-toned and elegant versus the darker, more muscular ones off of the Côte du Py.

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 in open-top concrete vats, with a maceration of 12-13 days and with a submerged cap. Annual production is approximately 600 cases.  

93+ points
"Javernières is a subsection of Côte du Py, with Louis-Claude Desvignes having sixty-five year-old vines in this part of the vineyard. This bottling is half de-stemmed and raised in cement for nine months, so it does not have quite as long of an elevage as the regular Côte du Py bottling. The 2019 Javernières is a touch more black fruity in profile than the above, offering up a pure and complex nose of black cherries, sweet dark berries, a bit of raw cocoa, gamebird, black minerality, discreet spice tones, violets and just a whisper of thyme in the upper register. On the palate the wine is vibrant, tangy and full-bodied, with a great core of sweet black fruit, superb soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and a long, complex and very, very promising finish. As one might expect, with only fifty percent whole clusters, this is a bit more forward out of the blocks than the Côte du Py, but I would still give this at least a handful of years in the cellar to unlock its secondary layers of complexity. 2024-2065+."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020

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