Duboeuf Morgon Jean Descombes 2009
Gamay from Beaujolais, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 12.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
#21 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
A deep crimson color. The nose initially offers floral aromas (violets), which then open out on to fruity aromas (blackcurrant, raspberries, wild peach). On the palate, this Morgon reveals remarkable substance and a delightful fleshiness, while the fruity aromas are confirmed. This Morgon 2009 Domaine Jean Descombes has great finesse, distinction and elegance. Good persistence. A wine poised for a great future.
This wine pairs well with lamb, turkey and venison.
"Light tannins and a smoky mineral note frame this lush red, which displays layers of black cherry, raspberry ganache and tea rose flavors. There’s a spicy thread running through the wine, leading to a fresh, firm finish."
"Effusively and sweetly fruity as usual, the 2009 Morgon Jean Descombes (tasted from tank) is scented with creme de cassis, black raspberry preserves and pear liqueur; silkenly saturates the palate with rich yet infectiously juicy fruit concentrate; and introduces a saline note that along with its sense of juicy freshness makes for a stimulating finish. This perennially outstanding value will probably pick up more complexity over the next 12-18 months and be worth following for at least twice that long. (That said, in the form of La Chaponne and Mont Chavy, Jean Descombes has, for a change, got serious competition in this vintage from within the Duboeuf portfolio.)
The Wine Advocate
superb vintage- this wine has great flavors, complex fruit, long in the mouth--our Thanksgiving company loved it--exceptional Beaujolais cru
light and tasty
This wine might appear to be too metallic if you taste right after opening, but if allow it some time to oxygenate it reveals more subtle flavors and proves to be quite a good wine to drink on its own (without food to pair with).
This is a wonderful light wine for those guests who may be transitioning from whites to reds. Light in tannins and a very smooth finish. Not too complicated, but then again sometimes simple is best.
Wow. A few of these Beaujolais around a casual spaghetti dinner with friends, helps to appreciate this fine young wine. Paid $16 each.
good for beaujolais 3.5 stars
Smooth & Supple
Don't waste your money on this wine. Enough said! On the nose it seems like a good gamay with that banana aroma but that doesn't live up to the way it tastes. It has bitterness that you do not want to have in your wine. There is absolutely no way this could be rated 93. I would give it 74 pts. Avoid if possible.
This bottle is extremely tight...Drinks more like a Grenache. Would not buy for an enemy...GAS!!!
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For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned negociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the King of Beaujolais. Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuisse, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his...
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(boe-show-lay) Upon hearing Beaujolais, many think of the large celebration for wine that comes out the 3rd week of November, that year's vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. But the region of Beaujolais, situated at the bottom of the Burgundy AC, is more than just the nouveau. Some Beaujolais wines can be kept (gasp!) for up to 10 years! Those are usually the Cru Beaujolais and are...
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Gamay is a pale colored grape, best associated with the region of
Beaujolas. In fact, few regions or grapes
are so wholly intertwined with one another. After being universally rejected by the rest of
Burgundy in the
14th century, Gamay found its niche a bit further south, in Beaujolais. Beyond that part of France, Gamay
can also be...
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