The story behind a wine often mirrors very closely that of an individual. Take, for example, Jean Ernest Descombes, an immensely engaging figure of our Beaujolais region, high-spirited, always ready to have a good time. He succeeded in creating one of the finest estates in Morgon, his wine, to which he offered 30 years of intense devotion. He was forever welcoming to his cellar journalists and wine professionals, so they could savor some of his fantastic wines. Those who met this unusual man will never forget him. An extraordinary grower, he deployed his talents in the vineyards as well as in winemaking. Three-fourths of his vines are more than 50 years old, planted in the choicest locations, such as the favored climats of Le Py, La Roche Pillée, Les Pillets and Bellevue. The amazing wines produced at this estate have garnered an impressive list of awards. After Jean Ernest's departure to the vineyards of paradise in October 1993, his daughter Nicole took over, with an enthusiasm that would have warmed her father's heart. In tribute, she likes to say that the personality of a wine always conjurs up the person who made it. Her father's Morgon is anything but an exception to this axiom. How fascinating is the destiny that links, in the course of a lifetime, man to wine, mortal to immortal, Mozart to music, Michelangelo to art. Such blissful encounters reflect flashes of eternity on those fortunate to be near.
This first-class Morgon shows perfect balance and a sumptuous bouquet of black currant, plum, violets and old fashioned roses. Elegantly smooth on the palate, revealing several layers of fresh red berries, especially cherries. The silky, prolonged finish signals completely ripened fruit.
Food pairings: Beef Wellington, venison, festive dinners