2007 Maison Louis Tête Morgon "Les Charmeuses"

SKU #1049521

Morgon is one of the best Crus, with weathered soils, leading to deeper and more concentrated wines. This is made by one of the better negociants in Beaujolais, Louis Tete. It has bright flavors, with a lovely Gamay spice note, notes of violets, and red fruit notes. Very charming!. I thought it was one of the best of the vintage for this producer. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 07/09)

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 By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition |  Review Date: 11/23/2009 
This was a fun bottle: Very Pinot Noir-esque from nose to finish. Light red cherry and berry fruit on the nose, with a nice, light palate of cherry, strawberry and a dusting of earth and spice, and just a pinch of white pepper. Good acidity and very food-friendly; it paired nicely with nearly everything on the plate on our Thanksgiving webisode. Check it out at www.wineexpedition.com.

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Varietal:

Gamay

- 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.
Country:

France

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Beaujolais

- 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.