Morgon Montpelain

2020
France
Beaujolais

100% Gamay. The Montepelain parcel used to be folded into the "La Voûte Saint-Vincent" but its own character is so distinct that it has been bottled singly since the 2017 vintage. This half-hectare of 80-year-old vines sits on silty soils of sand and clay, on a level site on the eastern edge of the Morgon cru near the Fleurie line. it yields a more intense and rich wine (and thus the La Voûte became a bit finer and more fruit-forward with the début of the Montpelain bottling). 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 and bottled in the spring following the harvest with a light, non-sterile filtration.

94+ points
"The 2019 Montpelain from Louis-Claude Desvignes is noticeably darker in color than the Corcelette this year. The bouquet is equally precise and expressive, offering up a still youthful blend of red and black cherries, raw cocoa, a gorgeous base of dark soil tones, a bit of bay, gamebird, woodsmoke, fresh thyme and a gentle topnote of spice elements form the whole clusters. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still marked by its youthful stem tones, with a great core of fruit, stunning mineral drive and grip, tangy acids, suave tannins and a very long, pure and very promising finish. In due course, this is going to be brilliant Morgon! 2029- 2075+."
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB5601-20
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Gamay
Farming Type: 
Organic