J. Charlet, Morgon VV, Cote de Py, 2017

Produced by Jacques Charlet

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Why We Love It - A more masculine style of Beaujolais - powerful and intense with pure fruit concentration.
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Jacques Charlet

Founded in 1754, the Charlet family have been landowners and wine merchants on the frontier between Burgundy and the Beaujolais region, specifically in Saint-Amour and Juliénas for over two centuries. Believing that each unique plot has its own character, the wines express the real character and personality of Beaujolais and it`s Crus.

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Jacques Charlet

Burgundy

The illustrious wine region of Burgundy, home of the world's greatest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, can be confusing for even experienced wine buffs. Spanning 26,000 hectares of vineyards and over 3,000 individual producers across nearly 100 different appellations, unlocking the mysteries of Burgundy for your drinking enjoyment can require a sense of adventure, but getting to know a few villages and their style is a good way to start the journey. Burgundy is broken into six distinct areas. Just south of Dijon, the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits make up the larger Cote d'Or, considered the beating heart of Burgundian production and the focus of the fine wine world. Vineyards are divided into tiny parcels, and some growers may only own a row or less of vines in the most esteemed sites. Chablis, in the north, is famous for its crisp whites, while south of the Cote d'Or Cote Chalonnaise and Maconnais offer great value. Propping up the Burgundy map is the large region of Beaujolais, the place to uncover juicy, fruity, unoaked Gamay wines. For our Fine Wine Burgundy selection go to Fine Wine where you can choose from a top wine selection from the renowned villages of Puligny Montrachet, Meursault, Nuit St Georges, Gevrey Chambertin, and many more top Burgundian appellations.

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Burgundy

Beaujolais

A region that dares to be different, Beaujolais is part of Burgundy but is in many ways its own region. It makes renowned wine from Gamay, a light red grape that struggles to find success anywhere else in the world. The graphite based soils and use of a 'turbo-fermentation' process called carbonic maceration strips the wines of tannin and emphasises the wines' natural juicy, easy-going freshness. The vines of Beaujolais are individually staked, not trellised, and each vine stands to attention of its own accord. Starting directly south of the town of Macon, the region stretches for 55 kilometres, towards the city of Lyon. The wine increases in quality from south to north, with the ten most prized vineyards given the right to label themselves Beaujolais Cru, while others can label their wines Beaujolais-Villages, Superieur, or Beaujolais. Thanks to the annual Beaujolais Nouveau day, where the new harvest is enjoyed the world over, Beaujolais is a highly successful global exporter. The 2015 Beaujolais vintage has been widely heralded as one the best vintages for the last 30 years. The growing season was almost perfect, where a very hot and dry June was followed by a mix of cool nights and much needed showers in August. The wines, untypically for Beaujolais, are more tender and sweeter in style than usual with a beautiful, fresh acidity which gives them great balance. We highly recommend these wines, which will provide pure expressive drinking, perfect for warm spring or hot summer days, where they can be serve chilled which brings out the best of the fruit flavours.

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Beaujolais

Morgon

Morgon is the second largest of the Crus of Beaujolais, and probably the most distinctive regarding its soils and the wines generated from the Gamay grapes grown within. Located in the centre of the steep, hilly zone that the ten Beaujolais Crus call home, Morgon is situated in Mont du Puy, where the soil base of crumbly slate and schist adds a distinctive earthiness to the wines. The temperate continental climate and protection from the colder north-westerly winds by the group of hills to the west of Beaujolais allow an extended ripening period and the infertility of the soils leads to concentrated, rich fruit. Wines from Morgon tend to be deeper and denser than the wines from the other appellations of Beaujolais, and have an earthy, floral, cherry and blackberry character, alongside a juicy, fleshy texture not often found in Gamay wines. The best wines will develop rich, savoury characters after ageing.

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Morgon

Gamay

Gamay is a red grape variety, notably grown in France`s Burgundy and the Loire Valley. Most famously used in the light, pale-red wines of the appellations of Beaujolais, vibrant flavours of strawberries, sour cherries and black pepper are lifted by floral notes of lilac and violets. Gamay`s naturally high acidity is often softened through the use of carbonic maceration: a process which sees the grape juice fermenting inside the berry before being crushed, reducing the tannin and increasing fruitiness.

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Gamay
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