2017 Jean-Michel Dupre "1935" Morgon

SKU #1408162 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Vines that are more than 80 years old are rare even in Beaujolais, which has many longstanding vineyards. This wine shows firm concentration and ripe tannins that are balanced by fresh acidity and black-currant flavors. Age the wine further and drink from 2020.  (3/2019)


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By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2019 | Send Email
Jean Michel Dupre is a masterful winemaker whose Beaujolais never ceases to intrigue. The aptly named 1935 (the year in which the vines were planted) is a wonderful example of how approachable yet complex his wines really can be. The nose is full of cherries, baking spice, rose pedals and plum that has evolved even as I sit writing this. The palate is bright and lively and the cherry has translated beautifully. With some mild tannin and rich spice this is always an easy choice in my book!

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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.
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