2012 Michel Guignier Morgon Cote du Py "Bio Vitis"

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Le Beaujolais est...er, make that, "le real-deal" Beaujolais est arrivé! From 60-year-old vines grown in decomposed soils of granite and schist, with crop loads strictly restricted and grapes hand-picked, this Morgon shows what this region does best--releasing fruity and luscious wines from the previous vintage, after the Beaujolais nouveau noise has passed. "Bio-Vitis" means that it's 100% Agribio-certified organically grown. From the importer's notes: "The wine is a selection of old vines that are barrel fermented in neutral oak. It is the most structured wine in the Guignier lineup with classic red fruit character, sappiness and a seductive, round mouthfeel."

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2014 | Send Email
Full of pronounced notes of black and green teas, crunchy cranberry, cinnamon and an array of exotic spices, this Beaujolais has the right balance of fruit, spice and structure. Delicious on its own or try it with a washed rind cheese like the famed Burgundian Epoisses.

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


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- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5