2009 Potel-Aviron "Morgon Cote du Py" Cru Beaujolais

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92 points in Parker's Wine Advocate: "The sumptuously-textured Potel-Aviron 2009 Morgon Cote du Py Vieilles Vignes is surprisingly understated but ultimately quite convincing, and almost certainly worth pursuing for another 3-5 years. Salted plum and its pit; elderberry; beef marrow; bay laurel; crushed stone; and bittersweet inner-mouth perfume of iris and gentian combine for a complex, savory, and intriguingly as well as mouthwateringly lingering finish. This sensational value is a great example of what’s possible from this unique, basaltic sector of the Morgon appellation as well as from the superb 2009 vintage." (08/11)

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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/22/2011  | Send Email
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This is enough to make a believer out of any remaining doubters about the quality of 2009 Cru Beaujolais. This has both a rich, rather voluptuous mouthfeel and lots of structure behind it. This comes from the best area of Morgon, with Basalt soil. Taste this and you will see why 2009 Beaujolais has been called the vintage of a lifetime by many reviewers. If you are a fan of great wine, and like to find them at favorable Quality to Price Ratios, look no further. Thanksgiving Here We Come!!!
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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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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.