Terroir: The Morgon Côte du Py is Stéphane Aviron’s most structured, earthy wine, that is drinkable now and can age wonderfully for as much as ten years. The grapes are sourced from the slopes of an 1150-foot inactive volcano that is regarded as one of the top terroirs in all of Beaujolais. Vines face due south on a well-pitched hillside of volcanic soils with schist and blue stone.
Vinification: Grapes are vinified separately until time for the final blending and bottling. Whole bunches are fermented and then macerated in temperature controlled stainless steel vats for ten days. The wine is aged for 12 months in neutral Burgundy barriques, 228-liter barrels, that are between three and seven years old, to not add any oak characteristics and retain the bright fruit.
About the Vintage: 2018 was one of the best vintages Stéphane Aviron has made in the past twenty years and by some considerations a perfect vintage for Beaujolais!
Winter was cold and rainy which provided the vines with a water reserve to last into the growing season. Spring was warm. Summer was dry and warm with no disease present in the vineyards.
Harvest started at the end of August and continued until the beginning to September for some of the later-ripening vineyards.
The wines are high alcohol, but still very good balance between acidity and alcohol, creating harmonious wines. All the conditions for a great wine were met, resulting in a legendary vintage for Beaujolais.
Stephane Aviron’s Morgon Côte du Py is Burgundy in every way, with a striking resemblance to a 1er Cru Pinot Noir from the Côte de Nuits. This wine is simply exceptional!
The nose is elegant and alluring with notes of berries as well as plenty of earth and minerality. The wine is rich and structured with ample bright, crushed berry fruit on the palate leading to a firm, well-structured finish.
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