2011 Château des Jacques (Louis Jadot) Morgon (Previously $20)

SKU #1173521 90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Chateau des Jacques 2011 Morgon had been blended but still not bottled when I tasted it last December. A gorgeous, suggestively sweet nose of wisteria and freesia with candied and confitured cherry and blueberry accented by smoky black tea segues into a finely tannic palate performance in which the fruit mingles persistently with the aforementioned floral essences as well as a hint of game. The strongly gripping yet in no way heavy finish may not – as yet, at least – live up to the allure of the nose, but not only should this prove an excellent value worth following through at least 2015, it may well add complexity along the way. Two-thirds of its volume never left tank, the inverse of the ratio in the corresponding generic Moulin-a-Vent, and doubtless a sensible response perhaps to pronounced grape tannins. Nearly one third of the blend, incidentally, is now from the Roche Noire site previously subjected to a dedicated bottling. (DS)  (6/ 2013)

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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.
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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.