Domaine des Terres Dorées - Morgon 2018
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Jean-Paul Brun has so many cuvées that it can be hard to understand them all, even from an importer's point-of-view. His Fleurie is renowned, and so too are his rosé, his blancs, and his L'Ancien. Morgon might not be an area he's particularly known for, but as one of the most prestigious crus in Beaujolais, one might have certain high expectations.
For us, the Morgon in 2018 is an overwhelming success. It's the most approachable of his "intermediate" 2018s right now, and is just a masterclass in balance.
Picture this: fragrant dark fruit, a delicate hint of spices and herbs on the nose, and a sublime silkiness on the palate. And as it says on the bottle - please decant.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Gamay
Winemaking : Malolactic fermentation, lees stirred periodically, aged in steel and concrete tank until bottling in the spring
Drinking Window: 2020-2030
Jean-Paul Brun is a tall, imposing, yet whisper-quiet man who lives in a rural, cobblestone medieval village just Northwest of Lyon, within southern Burgundy. The village, Charnay, sits dead center in the so called “Terres Dorées,” an area named after the golden calcareous stones lining its rolling hillside vineyards.
Brun has built a devoted and passionate following for his wines by sidestepping the Beaujolais trend of producing soft, carbonic-macerated, whole-berry “Beaujolais style” reds. Instead, he pursues a Burgundian approach by ruthlessly hand sorting and destemming all fruit at harvest. His wines are often aged (and sometimes fermented) in neutral Burgundian oak barrels.