Tasted in Villé-Morgon with Louis-Benoît & Claude Emmanuelle Desvignes, 02 February 2021.
“All our 2019s are bottled and sold. It was quite a small vintage – as we had some frost here at the start of April – but mainly it was our first cuvée which was most affected, the rest were practically normal in terms of yields – with low 30s hl/ha – which is our normal range here.”
A great address in 2019. My experience at this address is that the wines show quite structurally when young, requiring 2-3 years to open and fully show how great they are – but not in this vintage – all is clear to see – bravo!
Bottling was done between March and July – ‘We like to catch the freshness of the wines:’
From 4.5 hectares of vines in the climat Douby and vines in the direction of Fleurie. Average 60-year-old vines, usually the first to be harvested. Made with a 14-day maceration in cement tanks, with some destemming for this cuvée since 2008.
Airy, pretty red fruit – that’s a lovely invitation – yes we think of 16s when we taste the 19s – There’s concentration here, saline and mouth-watering in the finish – a mineral finish but already quite attractive. That’s a great entry wine!
Vines on granite with a relatively high altitude. The only wine with bought grapes, all the rest are domaine parcels – and there will be more domaine parcels in 2020!
A good but not extra deep colour. Also airy, fresh, fine and mineral. More vibrant, more overt comfort of fruit, but super energy. Floral infused. Super-vibrant in the finish, saline again – extra long – bravo!
Quite a new cuvée but in the domaine for a long time, was made in 2005 too but is normally in the St.Vincent – some clay here so a little like Javernières. Tasted from magnum.
Ooh, that’s good – each little direction in each wine that follows, so far has a little extra. This a little more direct, more structural too – but always mouth-watering – extra persistent, again with the salinity – this clearly more for keeping but another great wine – here with a little floral accent in the finish too.
That’s really perfumed – a lovely nose from the start. Supple, depth to the fine texture and of course, the flavour too. Wide, vibrant, layered finishing. Easier today than the last – also with more to find – a great wine.
2019 Morgon Javernières
East-facing bottom of Cote du Py. A different soil, so separated. There’s more clay here, and the grapes are a little slower maturing – here needs more time.
A fuller nose, complex, warmer, almost Côte d’Or. Mouth-filling, lovely juicy flavour – perhaps a faint pyrazine in here – but just as part of the complexity – Strong finishing, easier, and whilst very tasty I’m a bit less impressed by this than the previous wine today. Very good all the same…
A black sheep on the label. This additional cuvée of Javernières is made from a much older parcel of vines ‘Les Impenitents’ – more than 100-year-old vines.
Starting more compact, more floral and more silky – a great nose. More mouth-filling but at the same time structural, cooler-fruited, super texture than a small touch of tannin but without a grain. Incisive finishing, impressive finishing – great wine – for keeping but already showing so much!