Morgon Javernières


100% Gamay. Desvignes has two hectares of vines averaging 35 years old 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 Py hill. The exposure is also more easterly; the wines tend to be dense but soft and more red-toned and elegant versus the darker, more muscular, older-vine ones off of the Côte du Py. Viticulture and vinification are consistent across all Desvignes wines. The vines are certified-organic and harvested by hand. The clusters go through a semi-carbonic maceration in open-top concrete vats, with a maceration of 12-13 days with a submerged cap. A very small amount of sulfur is sometimes added after malo. The wine is aged in concrete tanks for about 9 months and bottled with a light, non-sterile filtration.


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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