DOMINIQUE PIRON, Beaujolais
2016 Morgon ‘La Chanaise’
$26.99 (12 btls/cs)
Dominique Piron runs this family estate that is now in its 14th generation. His family has grown grapes here since the late 16th century and works with a patchwork of small vineyards scattered throughout the appellation. Beaujolais was once considered frivolous juice to be glugged during lunch. This reputation stemmed from the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau, which still happens the third week in November every year. Historically, the ritual was to produce some cashflow for producers by bottling a young wine only a few weeks after fermentation and shipping it to Paris bistros where it was drunk en masse – with great anticipation – out of jugs. The Nouveau style, though, is entirely separate from the more intellectual wines produced from Beaujolais’s top sites.
Dominique Piron farms around 90 hectares of vines, a third of which are within the prized Morgon Cru. Of the 10 Cru sites, Morgon and Moulin à Vent tend to produce the most robust wines that have the potential to age. Whereas Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages come from the low-lying flat vineyards, the Cru sites are located on the hillsides. La Chanaise is a steep block of 50-year-old bush trained Gamay vines planted on pure granitic soils. The fruit is handpicked and fermented in concrete tanks to produce a pure, lively wine.
Light to medium bodied but tense with precise fruit and mineral texture. Aromas of sour cherry, blueberry, beets, star anise and violet unravel in the glass.
93 Points – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
This large, 61-acre vineyard forms part of the Piron properties. The wine has great concentration and a dense ripe texture that comes from low-yielding, 50-year-old vines. Let this wine fill out even more. Drink from late 2018.
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