2011 Daniel Bouland Morgon "Corcelette" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1148632 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brilliant ruby. Assertive aromas of red fruit, cherry skin, floral oils and smoky minerals. Sappy and primary on the palate, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of blood orange. Shows impressive depth of flavor with no undue weight. Finishes lithe and spicy, with superb tenacity and alluring sweetness.  (8/ 2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Bouland’s 2011 Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes displays dark berry and peat aromas of surprising discretion considering the intensity of juicy black raspberry fruit, the smoky pungency, and the meaty, subtly gamy animal dimension delivered on its rich palate. A hint of cardamom adds interest to an already multi-faceted, not to mention prolonged, finish. Expect this to perform well through at least 2017. (Game, brown spice, and alkaline elements along with confitured dark berries have come to the fore in the 2009 Corcelette, which like Bouland’s other wines from that very ripe vintage has preserved admirable primary juiciness.)  (6/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 Balanced and fresh, this subtle red offers raspberry, peach, dried herb and floral notes. Lightly chewy tannins show on the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

According to Wine Advocate: "It’s clear by now that Daniel Bouland is one of Beaujolais’s major as well as most consistent talents, and it is encouraging to be witnessing the expansion of his domaine (now ten hectares). Most of Bouland’s vines are old, and his young parcels have been planted with selections massales from old vineyards." (10/2010)

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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.