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(2018) The 2015 vintage is being hailed as one of the best ever in the resurgent Beaujolais region, where recognition for the quality of wines from the 'Crus' of Beaujolais has soared. This comes from one of the very best, most Burgundian Crus, Morgon, where ninth generation winemaker Gérard Lagneau works with 60-year-old vines. Deep-coloured but bright, the nose has lovely crushed violets and summer berry fruits, a little stripe of game and meatiness adding interest. In the mouth this is truly gorgeous: there's a precise minerality to this that belies its 14% alcohol, the flood of sweet, so obviously ripe and plump, cherry and red berry fruit etched by fine acidity and smooth, fine-grained tannins. An exquisite Morgon really, well-priced at £14.50, but reduced to £13.00 at time of review. A fabulous bellwether for the 2015 vintage. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2017) Morgon, a village where all of the appellation's vines are situated, has slate soils that are rich in maganese. Once again the vines are quoted as being 50 years old, and the wine is vinified traditionally. Delicious aromas, lots going on and with an intense slick blackness and in the mouth, firm at the core, with plum and cherry skins. Taut stuff,  glossy and ripe with such glossy character to the finish and again feeling as if it will age. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for the 2014 vintage.
(2014) >From 70-year-old vines, planted densely at 10,000 vines per hectare on a 30º slope of schist and granite. It is made with carbonic maceration, but using indigenous yeasts, and is aged in old wooden casks. Vibrant crimson/purple. Gorgeous nose: really svelte, tight and crammed with small berries, with a delicate lift of peony or violet. Beautifully pitched palate too, with a gravelly, sappy edge of freshness and a natural feeling of good concentration, the fruit is fresh and focused, really nice and ripe, before tight-grained tannins and acid etch the finish. A gorgeous example, drinking beautifully.
(2014) Established in 1732, the historic Château du Moulin-à-Vent sits just 10km south from Mâcon in Burgundy, farming 37 hectares on granite and clay. Owned by Jean-Jacques Parinet, substantial investment in the vineyards and new barrel stock has upped the game for this leading estate of the appellation. The colour is crimson, and this has a lovely nose, vinous with floral aspects and red fruits, bold and with a little kirsch and violet lift. On the palate there is a cool minerality to this, fine tannins and good acidity, but the pert and pretty sweetness of the fruit comes through. The balance and easy approachability belies the fact that this has real structure and substantial ageing potential.
(2010) Yet another winning Beaujolais from 2009, this made by James and Sarah Wilding who abandoned St Albans for the charms and challenges of producing Beaujolais. Made from old vine Gamay, it is a wine in a very solid, confident style the nose showing silky, quite Burgundian fruit with a sense of density. Fabulous length on the palate, with more dense, textural fruit and terrific balance. Certainly a big, more burly take on Beaujolais, but delicious and not lacking finesse.
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