Laurent Gauthier – 2015


Tasted with Laurent in Morgon, 16 February 2017.

Laurent Gauthier
69910 Villié-Morgon
Tel: +33 6 07 69 26 93

Laurent on 2016:
It was a really Difficult spring – right up until at least the middle of June. I had some older vines that were affected a little by frost but it wasn’t a generalised frost. Hail had a little impact on the the wood, but fortunately not enough to really effect volume of pruning – but only 4-500 metres away from me, the hail was really bad. In the end I see good quantity and really good quality – almost the concentration of 2015 – 13.5°-14° – I actually don’t think that the vintage is very far behind 2015.

Laurent on 2016:
In 2015, some parts of Morgon coped very well with the heat. Here I was close to 45 hl/ha so I’m very happy with the result.

“I like to cook, and at the moment if you make a couscous, a real couscous – nice and spicy – these 2015s are just fabulous together with this.

The wines…

Another good set of wines chez Gauthier…

2016 Beaujolais Villages Rosé
A wine of press not saignée – harvested early in the morning so that the temperature is the lowest possible so as not to extract too much. A 12-15 degree fermentation, which helps to keep the aromas.
Wide, a little herb a little salt. Hmm, this has really a nice sweetness yet still the rigour of a little salt and mineral – faintly bubblegum flavoured, but tasty all the same! Really a super finish. Yum!

2015 Chiroubles Chatenay
A deep nose of attractively dark fruit. Large scaled, very floral fruit in the mouth – a little tannic structure but hardly any grain – direct and intense as you head into the mid-palate. Long in the finish with a little herb – this starts really great and then becomes more composed – lots to look forward to I think!

2015 Morgon Grand Cras
A much deeper colour. Fine precise dark fruit – quite some depth here. Hmm, luxury: layers of flavour, dark-fruited flavour, a hint of bitter chocolate, you can chew the flavour in the mid-palate – this is great stuff. To wait for, for sure, but great stuff. A long, fading, diminuendo.

2015 Morgon Côte de Py
Tighter, but really deep and dark fruit – super depth. Hmm – more dimension of flavour, more structure too – the former promotes drinking, the latter suggests wait – it’s not a bad dilemma to have. A burst of finishing, herby, complexity with black fruit. Just excellent.

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