2014 Château des Jacques (Louis Jadot) Morgon

SKU #1397567 92 points John Gilman

 Château des Jacques’ straight 2014 Morgon bottling is simply outstanding and really makes me look forward to tasting the single vineyard botltings from this vintage! The bouquet is deep, pure and nicely transparent, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of cherries, sweet cranberries, vinesmoke, a touch of fresh herbs, granitic minerality and just a whisper of cedar. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and very soil-driven, with a lovely core, impeccable focus and balance, just a bit of backend tannin and lovely purity on the long, youthful and tangy finish. This is approachable out of the blocks, but will be even better with a few years’ worth of bottle age to allow its secondary layers to emerge. (Drink between 2018-2045)  (10/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Like its 'bigger brother' the Côte du Py, there is a hint of herbal tea on the fresh and not as densely fruited nose that is composed mostly of pepper and various red berry aromas. The lighter weight flavors are not nearly as dense and powerful either and while there is a relatively firm backbone of supporting tannins, along with a hint of warmth, there is no backend bitterness. With that said, this lacks the same depth and it should be approachable after only a few years of bottle age.  (4/2017)

James Suckling

 Aromas of cherries, concrete and lemon rind. Medium-bodied, firm and bright. Acidity makes it a little lean but attractive nonetheless. Drink now.  (2/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Morgon comes straight out of the blocks with quite precocious strawberry and blueberry scents, perhaps a little warmth here but it does not detract from its delineation. The palate has a sense of purity from first sip, joyful jammy red cherries intermixed with crushed strawberry and vanilla. It is not the most complex Morgon in this vintage but it offers an accessibility that many will enjoy. Drink this over the next 5-7 years. There have recently been changes at the helm at Château des Jacques, with winemaker Cyril Chirouze being appointed in June 2015. He previously worked at Domaine Piron before making the wine at Château des Jacques between 2007 and 2013, then Château de Marsannay in the Côte d'Or between 2013 and 2015. The 2014s that I tasted from Château des Jacques were therefore made by their former winemaker and to be honest, they were a little hit and miss. At times I found them pinched with a nagging metallic veneer that dissuaded you from drinking more than a glass. Other times what you had was a perfectly decent, modern-style Beaujolais, since they employ a more Burgundian style of vinification with use of oak barrels. It will be interesting to see how Chirouze takes Château des Jacques forward, especially now with Château du Moulin-à-Vent in the ascendent but perhaps pursuing a more traditional Beaujolais approach with carbonic maceration. (NM)  (8/2016)

Wine Spectator

 A juicy and light-bodied red, with woodsy spice notes underpinning the strawberry, wild raspberry and dried lavender aromas. Light tannins frame the graphite-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019. (GS)  (2/2017)


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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2019 | Send Email
This is a more peppy than succulent Gamay that has plenty of tart cherry fruit, mineral character and a waft of wet soil. The fruit, tannins and acidity are balanced and delicate- this too easy to enjoy. ​A classic Morgon from a classic vintage, this is excellent drinking for an excellent price. Try with pizza!

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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.
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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.