My Favorite Wine, April 10, 2019

2016 K. Descombes Morgon

Vieille Vignes

Beaujolais, FR

Regular price $29.99

Sale Price $24.99

Ok, it’s finally spring…but that doesn’t mean that every day will be balmy and beautiful. We’ll get our usual cold and rainy April weather, while being teased by blue skies and enticing by warm breezes. Now, if the seasons influence your wine choices, you might be inclined to start thinking rosé…which is fine, because rosé is a wine for all seasons. As is Cru Beaujolais.

Cru Beaujolais refers to the 10 distinct growing areas within Beaujolais. Each one, (Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly) has their own distinct style, largely based upon soil composition and exposure. And contrary to common (mis)perception, these are not merely light, simple, quaffable wines, but rather, wines of distinction; age-worthy, food-friendly, and delicious.

Kewin Descombes produced his first wine at age 21 in 2013, from grapes from his father’s holdings. Now, he’s leasing his own vineyards and has bought a plot of 85 year old Gamay in Morgon, from which this wine is sourced. The vineyard (like most of Morgon) is largely comprised of broken volcanic rocks of granite and clay. Dry farmed (of course!), the vines struggle for nourishment, yielding small amounts of small, thick skinned grapes. Hence, rich, structured, tannic, low alcohol wines that still exhibit bright fruit, copious minerality and invigorating acidity. In other words, delicious wines of grace, subtlety and power, that really will age beautifully.

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