Morgon Montpelain


100% Gamay. 2017 is the first vintage of the Montpelain bottling for Desvignes. The parcel is of 80-year-old vines on silty soils of sand and clay, on a level site on the eastern edge of the Morgon cru near the Fleurie line. It belongs to Desvignes but was always folded into their La Voûte Saint Vincent bottling; it yields a more intense and rich wine (and thus the La Voûte is even a bit finer and more fruit-forward with the début of the more powerful Montpelain). 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.

92+ points
"...deeper-pitched and more brooding than the Corcelette, displaying aromas of blackberries, cassis, pencil lead and dried flowers. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, with more amplitude and flesh, underpinned by stony structure that will demand some bottle age."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
, Sept 2018
92 points
"Bright purple. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe blue fruits, candied flowers and incense, and a smoky mineral flourish adds vivacity. In a plush, seamless style, offering concentrated blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter and pick up a floral nuance as the wine unfolds. Finishes long and smooth, with pliant tannins lending shape to persistent blue fruit and spicecake flavors."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, October 2019

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