2009 Château de Pizay Morgon

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This comes from vines with an average age of 55 years, on Southeast facing slopes, with Schist in the soil. It shows extraordinary big, rich fruit, accompanied by interesting minerality, red fruit notes, and terrific density. This will show you what a terrific value Cru Beaujolais can be, particularly when we travel to France to get it for you! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/31/2010  | Send Email
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After thirty-nine years in the wine retail trade, I cannot recall (yes, some of my esteem colleagues, here, will tell you that I have altzheimer's and cannot recall anything) ever tasting through such incredible Beaujolais, both villages and single vineyard productions, as I have tasted from the 2009 vintage. And, in those thirty-nine years, I have never seriously bought a case of village Beaujolais until I tasted this Gem. This is an incredible Morgon, rich and deep in color, character and style, the armotics are lush and opulent with bright plumy to violet floral notes. In the mouth, it is broad, ripe, and viscous carrying those aromatic qualities over its full, almost creamy middle and finish, with mineral undertones. Again, this is an amazing wine and I actually plan to age some of it for a few years to see what it becomes, if I can keep my hands and Anderson's paws off of this great Gem. 13% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2015

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/28/2010  | Send Email
Bright, juicy, and fun, the Pizay Morgon is my pick of the 09 Beaujolais this vintage in terms of value. Red fruit and spice in the nose is echoed on the soft and medium-bodied palate, that offers just a tad more in depth than your typical Gamay quaffer. Sealed with a screwcap for grab-and-go convenience!

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/6/2010  | Send Email
The Pizay Beaujolais is a wonderful example of the great 2009 vintage in Beaujolais. It has nice soft roundness and great fruit that is balanced out with a nice dry finish. This should drink well alone or with salmon , chicken or vegetarian foods.

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13