Domaine Calot Morgon Vieilles Vignes Cru Beaujolais 1998
The Calot family has cultivated vines and made wine in Beaujolais since the 1930s. From even the domaine's early days, it was clear that Domaine Calot made serious Beaujolais wines, bold, silky and age-worthy, from the finest terroirs in Morgon.
The family cares for some 25 acres of vineyard land, most of which is located in cru Morgon with other holdings in the general Beaujolais appellation.
Representing the family's second-generation, Jean Calot had always been a serious artist among too many casual grape growers, many of whom held that Beaujolais wines should be simple and fun, not profound or age-worthy. Each vintage, Calot wines prove that Gamay at its best can be as complex and long-lived as Burgundian Pinot Noir.
Morgon is one of the more muscular and concentrated of Beaujolais’ crus. The family’s ancient vines (many 100 years old or older) deliver rich yet balanced flavors. One of the more rewarding cellar decisions you can make is to stash a few bottles of Calot Morgon in the cellar, to later discover the silky nuance and spice of well-aged cru Beaujolais.
Jean passed away in 2015. His brother François, and François’ son Vincent, had for years worked by Jean’s side and are today ably continuing his vision. The family’s high-altitude vineyards are cared for according to sustainable principles, avoiding the use of pesticides and herbicides and farming as naturally as possible.