Morgon Les Delys, 2020, Beaujolais

Morgon Les Delys, 2020, Beaujolais

Daniel Bouland

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Grapes: Gamay
Region: Morgon, Beaujolais, France
Soil: Schist, granite
Average Age of Vines: 95 years
Harvest: By hand
Winemaking: Open-top whole-cluster fermentation on indigenous yeasts
Elevage: Old oak
Winemaker: Daniel Bouland

"Though Daniel Bouland only has four hectares of vines in Morgon, he has some of the choicest plots and plenty of old vines. His parcel in the lieu à dit of Delys was planted in 1926, making these vines one year younger than his vines in Corcelette, but here, the soils produce a much more red fruity example of Morgon than is the case in his parcel of Corcelette. This is another absolutely beautiful and classic young bottle of Morgon in the making, offering up a deep and very, very pure nose of cherries, pomegranate, raw cocoa, beautifully complex, granitic soil tones, incipient notes of nutskin, roses, fresh herb tones, a hint of coffee and perhaps a bit of cedar in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and flawlessly balanced, with a rock solid core of fruit, stunning soil inflection, a fair bit of ripe tannin and stunning nascent complexity on the very, very long and still very primary finish. I did not taste these two stunning Morgons from Monsieur Bouland side by side, so I have no idea which one I have a preference for at this point in time. Needless to say, they both have enormous potential, but give them a few years in the cellar to allow their secondary layers to emerge."

- John Gilman