JEAN-CLAUDE DEBEAUNE, 'MONTCHOISY' & 'BELLES GRIVES,' MORGON

 

BEAUJOLAIS, FRANCE

 

 

If you're looking for great wine values right now, look no further than Beaujolais. Yes, seriously.

Long regarded as a poor man's Burgundy, the region has distanced itself from that old canard in recent years, as talented and ambitious young winemakers have flocked to its verdant vineyards and set about producing wines not just of quality, but of distinction. In our tastings, we have been struck, again and again, by the freshness and unexpected depth of this next-generation Beaujolais.

And these beauties from Beaujolais Cru heavy-hitter Jean-Claude Debeaune—awarded 95 points and 93 points—show why.

A major producer in the region, Debeaune has leveraged its many partnerships to produce these unexpectedly lush Morgon. Carefully selected from old vines, and hand-harvested and vinified in the traditional manner, these are 100% Gamay, but with a weight and depth that may surprise you, if you tend to think of Beaujolais only as a producer of light (and largely forgettable) Beaujolais Nouveau. 

What you will find, here, is great typicity, freshness, fruit, and gorgeous balance.

And collectors, take note: Serious when young, they also possess plenty of structure for the long haul.

In a 95-point review, James Suckling rightly praised its "great depth," swooning over the notes of "dark cherries and plums, wrapped in dark chocolate" that are "carried on fluid, velvety, long tannins." But the real eye-opener, he wrote, is its structure, one "you would normally associate with more celebrated appellations, such as Cornas or Corton!"

Yep, nailed it.

The luxury journal Prestige Online was equally wowed, noting that it "really takes the appellation to another level again. ... A must-try wine and completely enthralling."

If you want to see what all the wine geek talk about Beaujolais is about—and, even better, to discover a bargain of depth and length and beauty—this is your chance. But hurry; our stock is limited!

 

 

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