2015 Jean-Michel Dupre "1935" Morgon

SKU #1282949 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *** Cellar Selection *** Planted in 1935, this single vineyard wine is rich and structured. At this stage, it is dominated by firm tannins as much as by the perfumed juicy black fruits. As the wine softens with age, this generous fruitiness will comet through to give a deliciously ripe wine. Drink from 2019. (RV)  (12/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Expressive aromas of red fruit liqueur, allspice and minerals develop a sexy floral nuance in the glass. Sappy, appealingly sweet and precise, offering intense raspberry and boysenberry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Deftly blends power and finesse and finishes very long, smooth and sappy, displaying lingering florality and a hint of spicecake. (JR)  (1/2017)

91 points John Gilman

 As I have noted in the past, the Morgon “Vignes de 1935” bottling from Jean-Michel Dupré hails from the lieu à dit of Grand Cras at the base of the Côte du Py. These old vines celebrated their eightieth anniversary in 2015 and offer up a eally superb bouquet of red and black cherries, dark soil tones, a touch of cola, wood-smoke, fresh thyme and just a touch of balsam bough in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and gently chewy, with a superb core, fine focus and grip, moderate tannins and very good length and grip on the quite pure, albeit youthful finish. Like many of the most successful 2015s, this has a bit of tannin to resolve, but is focused and shows only a whisper of sur maturité. I suspect this will have a gently roasted personality at full maturity, but it is fine juice in need of just a bit more bottle age to blossom. 2018-2040.  (3/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Morgon Vignes de 1935, aged for 6 months in concrete vats, has an uncomplicated raspberry, crushed strawberry and slightly tertiary bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy, ripe red fruit, well balanced and perhaps less outgoing than many other Morgon 2015s. Yet the restraint pays off because there is great freshness and delineation here - a harmonious Morgon with a lovely touch of brown spices towards the finish. This is very satisfying and it should age well over 5-7 years. (NM)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2017 | Send Email
I absolutely love this producer. The 1935 is super aromatic and totally gamey. Lots of big fruit driving acid, and every-so-slightly structured tannin. Clean, delicious and at a price point that I can never say "no" to. An incredibly awesome value.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
Of all the Beaujolais wines we tasted from the fantastic 2015 vintage, the Dupre 1935 was the best, boldest, and most delicious. It's like magic in a bottle for a price that makes volume purchasing an attractive option. The deep and concentrated fruit flavors come from the ancient vines, upon which only small quantities of gamay grapes continue to grow. The juiciness and pureness of that red and blackberry fruit explodes on the palate and the wine is balanced by buoyant acidity. If you've never had real "cru level" Beaujolais before, make this your first and see what the fuss was about. If you're already a fan of the style, then go deep on this. This is as good as Beaujolais gets, in my opinion.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2017 | Send Email
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From vines planted in 1935 this beautiful Beaujolais from Cru vineyards in Morgon is terrific. Aromas of white raspberry, earth and bitter chocolate flow to a palate of dark fruits and subtle spice notes. Good length and fine balance make this a wonderful drinking Morgon.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2021

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2017 | Send Email
$15 Morgon? Wow, this is just an amazing bargain and value that comes from some of the regions finest terroir! Showing off a very pretty nose of ripe berries and plum, the wine exhibits depth with a mix of crowd pleasing fruit flavors, spice, structure and voluminous body. Buy a case, drink some now and hold some for later. You won't be sorry!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/17/2016 | Send Email
This Morgon far out-strides its price-point! If you are looking for a serious, cru Beaujolais with great structure and integrity, you need look no farther! Dark, brooding fruit contrasts nicely against the solid tannin structure and rich heft of the wine. Yet the whole is kept in balance with a good strain of acidity and minerality running through the backdrop. This would be a great wine to age for a couple of years, or to drink with a bigger meal.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/14/2016 | Send Email
The 1935 Morgon shows a concentration and depth that you would not expect from the Gamay grape at this price. It is well balanced, deep and shows hints of graphite and pepper!

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5