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Chateau des Jacques Morgon 2016

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Very deep in color, this wine - blend of three single vineyards (Bellevue, Côte du Py & Roche noire) - shows a brilliant and large aromatic palette (spices, ripen black fruit). On the palate, the tannins are still a bit firm - which indicates the potential of ageing – and they are well balanced by a great tension.

A perfect partner for charcuterie, pasta in a rich cream sauce, pizza and pretty much any meat.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 92
James Suckling
This is very linear. Graphite and slate undertones. Medium-bodied, tight and focused with ultra-fine tannins. Gorgeous finish. Drink or hold.
TP 92
Tasting Panel
Smooth and juicy with lovely berry fruit and plush texture. Spicy, tangy, and charming, this is Beaujolais the way it should be. Serve chilled.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Cyril Chirouze blends this wine from a range of parcels, tapping the domaine’s 87.5 acres in Morgon. It’s a complex wine that stands up to the time it spent in oak barrels, gaining spice and supple textures from that aging without having lost any of its tannic power or its stemmy, stony, deep fruit character. This needs a steak if you open it now; if you don’t, it will continue to develop in bottle.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Fresh and concentrated, with a supple profile boasting cherry compote, raspberry-infused tea and marjoram notes that are seamless and charming. Undertones of violet, mocha and mineral gain traction on the long finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,500 cases made.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast

This flagship estate, owned by Beaune negociant Louis Jadot, has produced a wine with great intensity and structure. Partly wood aged, the blend of three vineyards is rich although with a strong streak of freshness and acidity.

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The historic Château des Jacques estate, located in the village of Romanèche-Thorins in the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, is widely recognized as the most prestigious estate in Beaujolais. It was purchased by Louis Jadot in 1996, at which time Maison Louis Jadot became the first Burgundy house to own a major Beaujolais vineyard. In 2001, Louis Jadot bought another well-located vineyard in Morgon. In 2008, both vineyards, which were under the same management, were regrouped under one identity: the Château des Jacques Estates. Château des Jacques’ practices have been attributed with revolutionizing the winemaking of Beaujolais. They have notably raised the bar, applying Burgundian methods of winemaking that were once traditional in the region. These include long macerations of one month, with pump-overs, to extract color, aroma and tannins from the fruit, as opposed to the regional norm of 10- to 12-day macerations. Wild yeasts are used for fermentation, and this is extended longer than is typical in Beaujolais. Aging in oak barrels is also unusual for the area; Château des Jacques’ wines are barrel aged for 10 months to lend complexity to the wines. The chateau's barrel cellar proves that its Beaujolais wines have always been vinified like wine from the Côte D’Or. These processes create wines that can take decades of bottle aging.
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The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.

Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot Noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.

Four styles of Beaujolais wines exist. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the Beaujolais wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Aside from the wines simply labelled, Beaujolais, there are the Beaujolais-Villages wines, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, and offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior sections are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.

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Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.

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