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Domaine Dominique Piron, Morgon Côte du Py 2017

Red Wine from France - Beaujolais
This is our first purchase from this excellent property in Villié-Morgon, Beaujolais. The wine is smooth and silky, with good depth of flavour, and just a hint of tannin on the finish. Serious wine from Morgon's top vineyard, Côte du Py.
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Code: BJ8101

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Gamay
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2026
  • Cork, natural

Beaujolais

At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais' fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful.

At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.

Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.

Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region's 18,500 hectares ...

At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais' fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful.

At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.

Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.

Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region's 18,500 hectares is planted with a single red grape: gamay, or to be more precise, gamay noir à jus blanc. Often densely planted to help control the vines vigour, and therefore yields, trained low and pruned hard, they are need at least a short spell of real heat to ripen properly. In terms of soil, gamay does not do well on sedimentary rock types. Much of Beaujolais is granite with outcrops of schist in part of Morgon or Andesites in the Cote de Brouilly.

A little over 200 hectares is planted with chardonnay, which is growing in popularity because it is easier to sell and can be turned into sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne. White Beaujolais is sold either as Beaujolais blanc or Beaujolais-Villages blanc, and the best comes areas with chalk in the soil.

Below is a list of the appellations, but it is worth mentioning that the most important factor in the wines' quality is the grower.

Beaujolais: Mostly from the south where the soils are often of a limestone called pierres dorées, which makes excellent building material. But there are granites as well and a great many styles of wine possible though a major part of the productions continues to be made as Nouveau.

Beaujolais-Villages: These wines come from the north and are set among the ten crus and planted on the same granitic soils. 38 parishes are allowed to produce Beaujolais-Villages. They offer a midway point between generic Beaujolais and the greater complexity of the crus.

The ten crus, from north to south, are: Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. Each have their own unique variation on the local geology and topography, climatic conditions and character; from the light, fragrant Chiroubles to the richer, more concentrated Moulin-à-Vent with its ability to age and comparison in great years with top Burgundies.

Within these crus are specific vineyards, or climats, with deserved reputations for high-quality, such as Poncié in Fleurie or Côte du Py in Morgon. For a more thorough examination of these crus and their characteristic traits please see our How to Buy Beaujolais guide in the Wine World & News section of our website.

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Dominique Piron

Bright and affable Dominique Piron can trace his roots in the Beaujolais cru of Morgon right back to an ancestor living there in 1590, and he is the latest of fourteen generations to make wine locally. His domaine comprises just over 50 hectares of vines, specialising in Morgon but with extensive Beaujolais-Villages vineyards as well as Chiroubles (3.5 hectares), Chénas, Régnié and a small holding (1.5 hectares) in Fleurie. He also makes a quite delicious Chénas Quartz cuvée on behalf of the Lamelloise family, famous restaurateurs in Chagny, south of Beaune. He farms sustainably, following the principles of lutte raisonée (meaning ‘reasoned struggle’), respecting the soils and the gamay grape that he loves in his eagerness to make wines that are proper reflections of the vineyards from whence they come. In the cellars, which are pristine and superbly organised, winemaking is classic in style. This is a grower and winemaker well worth following for his elegant but concentrated, not to mention ageworthy, wines.

Beaujolais Vintage 2017

Despite a triple whammy of frost in spring, hail and drought-like conditions in summer and rain at harvest, 2017 turned out to be a very good vintage! In fact, the rain and drought worked hand-in-hand to bring concentration when the weather was hot and refreshment when the rains came, making for very good balance. This was true at all quality levels, with cru wines showing the characteristics of intensity and concentration with poise particularly well.

2017 vintage reviews

JancisRobinson.com

Deepish crimson. Lotsof grunt and structure on this youthful emissary from Morgon. Enjoy how muchbetter value it is than so many red Burgundies. But wait before drinking it formaximum value.

16.5/20

midweekwines.co.uk

With Burgundy pricesstill at a high level, it is wise to have a few alternatives in mind (thatChristchurch pinot is one) but it is noteworthy how some of the top Beaujolaiscrus get quite Burgundian...
With Burgundy pricesstill at a high level, it is wise to have a few alternatives in mind (thatChristchurch pinot is one) but it is noteworthy how some of the top Beaujolaiscrus get quite Burgundian results from the gamay grape – as you can see in thisversion from Morgon where some of the region’s spicier and most robust optionsare found.Graphite depth and nippy acidity come  together nicely in [this wine]where raspberry and damson fruit are nicely supported by a chocolate backgroundthat has herb influences too.
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- Brian Elliott

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