Philippe Deschamps – 2018


Philippe Deschamps, 2020Tasted in Beaujeu with Philippe Deschamps, 17 February 2020.

Domaine Philippe Deschamps
69430 Beaujeu
Tel: +33 4 74 04 82 54

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Philippe on 2019:
In 19 I did quite well; we were not so hindered by frost but there was dryness in the summer, but the yields were not bad, so I’m happy as the quality is very good – that’s two vintages in a row that we’re very happy with!

Philippe, last year, on 2018:
For me, I think it’s my best vintage; no frost, no hail, and I needed to do very few treatments in the year – I’ve vines that have plenty of ‘herb’ growth between the rows and I only needed about 4 treatments in the whole year – I work ‘raisonée’ but for me, that means the minimum of treatments. In the end, there were lots of grapes – and grapes with great quality too – my father has also never seen such a combination.

The wines…

Easy wines, then a great one – the same as last year – very consistent!

All bar one old-vines cuvée from 2018 have been bottled:

2018 Beaujolais Villages Blanc
A nice freshness – faintly saline and citrus together. Nice drive and energy, certainly freshness too – a certain mineral rigour but the finish is not too hard. Quite okay with a decent finish…

2018 Beaujolais Rosé – Perle de Rose
A single parcel normally. Grapes stay in the press for about 6 hours to take on the colour – like to do a delicate press.
Hmm – a nice weight and shape to this nose. Round, a little richness to the texture but the melting flavour is delicious and slightly saline-edged. That’s a lovely wine – excellent!

2018 Beaujolais Village
This is the classic cuvée. No added yeast.
Not full colour. The nose is open, easy-fruited – attractive in a simpler style. In the mouth, there’s plenty of volume to fill the space – round but fresh – not super concentrated but a finish that will repay 12 months of finish – there’s a little concentration here. That’s an easy but very tasty wine for €7-8

2018 Brouilly
14 days of maceration with a pigeage. In bottle about 3 weeks.
Modest colour again. A little more depth of fruit aroma – almost a plum-style. More energy, more depth of flavour – great clarity and a finish of extra concentration again. That’s a lovely finish but one that will repay a little patience – the finish is long. Easy style to start, more concerted in the finish.

2018 Morgon
Buy the grapes from Grand Cras here, but all the fermentation and elevage is done here – this is the second vintage.
Just a little more colour – only €8 on the price-list. More depth of aroma – dark cherry and a little graphite minerality – that’s lovely. Mouth-filling – a wine that’s concentrated from start to finish. Framed by a little tannin but without grain. Some finishing bitters in quite a big finish. Wait 12 months, or more, but this is simply a steal at the price! Bravo!

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