Domaine des Terres Dorées - Morgon 'Côte du Py Javernières' 2018
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Arguably when Jean-Paul Brun makes wine, he makes half of his cuvées to please people in the short term, and half to please people in the long term. However, even his early-drinking wines can age, and some of his structured wines are ok to drink upon release.
Brun's single vineyard 'Javernières' from the famous sloping hill of Côte du Py in Morgon, is not an early-drinking wine. To be clear, it's a wine that will not give the full extent of its character right now. We would age it, and we are certain if you have it in a few years it will perform better than many 1er Cru Burgundies. It's a wine of such grace, such structure, and such rich fruit...for less the price of a Bourgogne Rouge?
If we need to convince you more, the only thing we'd say is that despite what we said about how this is a wine to be aged, we tried a bottle last month and it already tasted pretty good. So if you are in a rush to see how this performs, it will be enjoyable with a 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: 2025-2035
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.