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Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud, Morgon Côte du Py 2019

Red Wine from France - Beaujolais
The Côte du Py vineyard is on a plateau on top of a hill, where the schist soils produce wines combining controlled power and minerality in an original way. The overall effect is of intensity and elegance and, like most Morgon, this wine has great ageing potential. This is Jean-Marc Burgaud's flagship wine, and the 2019 vintage was voted a Wine Champion this year.
Price: £15.50 Bottle
Price: £186.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: BJ8871

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Gamay
  • 13% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2027
  • 75cl
  • 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 is planted...
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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Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

Jean-Marc Burgaud is a top Beaujolais grower, claimed by many to be the best producer in Morgon.

Jean-Marc comes from a family of winemakers, and his own career in the industry began in 1989 after he completed a diploma in oenology. He now owns 19 hectares of vineyards in several appellations, comprising 13 hectares in Morgon where his estate is based, plus five hectares in the Beaujolais-Villages area and one hectare in Régnié.

His Régnié grapes are grown on 50-year-old vines in sandy, stony soil. Wines from Régnié – the youngest Beaujolais cru – are often supple, round, and fruity, and Burgaud calls his own example ‘feminine and cheerful.’

Harvesting is by hand, as it has been for generations, and tradition prevails in the winery too. Burgaud’s aim is always to illustrate his passion for winemaking in the most important place of all: the glass.

Perhaps most well-regarded are his two Morgons: the soft, refined Les Charmes and the more meatily-structured Cote du Py, both of which can benefit from time in the cellar.

Beaujolais Vintage 2019

Good to very good wines at ‘cru’ level (the top appellations such as Fleurie, Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent) but more patchy for Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages from the southern part of the region. 2019 was a challenging year for growers, keeping them on their toes with capricious weather. Frost early in the season, summer drought and several August hailstorms in rapid succession were all disruptive. The harvest was also small with yields down about 25% on the yearly average. Nonetheless there are very good wines to be had, partly thanks to the reductions in yield and the grapes ripening well after a little rain in August helped them to stay the course. Less rich than 2017 and 2018, the 2019s are fresh and appealing, and the top wines will age well.
2019 vintage reviews
2018 vintage reviews
2017 vintage reviews

Vinosaurus

We all need more Beaujolais in our lives, most especially the top wines from the ten ‘Crus’ (the best production zones) such as Morgon. [This wine] comes from a plot at the top of a hill, on schist...
We all need more Beaujolais in our lives, most especially the top wines from the ten ‘Crus’ (the best production zones) such as Morgon. [This wine] comes from a plot at the top of a hill, on schist soils. There’s bags of bright red berry charm, but also intensity and depth, with silky tannins and a wonderful granite, savoury note. It’s a decent price for a fine wine with ageing potential. -
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David Kermode

JancisRobinson.com

Mid ruby. Reserved, serious nose. Hugely intense fruit and real grip of acidity and fine tannin. Extremely concentrated with a little mineral impact on the finish. I’d ideally wait until next year...
Mid ruby. Reserved, serious nose. Hugely intense fruit and real grip of acidity and fine tannin. Extremely concentrated with a little mineral impact on the finish. I’d ideally wait until next year before broaching it.
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16.5/20

The Sunday Times

Burgaud tends his elevated, schist-soiled vineyards meticulously and his wines are defined by their purity and dark fruit on the palate. There is no oak used here, resulting in a well-balanced,...
Burgaud tends his elevated, schist-soiled vineyards meticulously and his wines are defined by their purity and dark fruit on the palate. There is no oak used here, resulting in a well-balanced, medium finish.
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- Will Lyons

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