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Jean-Paul Thevenet, "Morgon" Beaujolais
If Beaujolais isn't your favorite red Burgundy, it will be!
Within Beaujolais, there are ten "Crus" and Jean-Paul Thevenet's "Morgon" is arguably the best. It is perfect for Thanksgiving and beyond.
When most people think of Beaujolais, they think of Beaujolais Nouveau. If you do, you are missing out on one of the best reds to come out of Burgundy.
Jean-Paul Thevenet is part of a small group of vignerons - now famously known as The Gang Of Four - who are invoking a return to more traditional winemaking practices. These terroir-driven wines are farmed organically and biodynamically imparting classic Burgundian terroir.
While most red Burgundies are made from Pinot Noir, red Beaujolais are made from Gamay. A well made Beaujolais resembles Pinot Noir, but is much richer and more muscular. Unlike Beaujolais Nouveau, which is lighter, soft and simple, cru Beaujolais - like this "Morgon" - are sophisticated, juicy and downright delicious!
The 2016 Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon is one of the finest Beaujolais being made today. The wine boasts an invigorating amalgam of cassis, pomegranate, raspberry, bitter-sweet herbs, and vibrant mineral shadings. The vines are a minimum of 80 years old and are farmed organically and biodynamically. As such, the wine is terroir driven.
Enjoy this hearty Beaujolais over the next 5 years and be sure to use it this holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year's. But, don't stop there! Enjoy this Gamay all year round with veal, grilled meats, duck, chicken and hearty salads.
Remember, this is not just any Beaujolais, it is the finest cru Beaujolais!
94 / 100
"Brilliant magenta. Explosive red berry liqueur, incense and floral scents, along with hints of allspice and smoky minerals. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering deeply concentrated black raspberry, spicecake and violet and pastille flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. The balance of richness and vivacity here is extremely impressive. Closes with impressive, mineral-driven intensity and length; silky tannins sneak in late to add shape and grip. Thévenet is consistently one of the great producers of Beaujolais..."