Jean Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2013 1.5L

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Jean-Paul Thevenet is one of the Beaujolais region's most respected growers and winemakers. He works a plot of extremely old Gamay vines in the Morgon appellation. The average age of the vines is 70 years giving extremely low yields and they are cultivated organically. The grapes are fermented with natural yeasts and, quite remarkably, often without the addition of any sulfur dioxide. After fermentation Thevenet ages the wine for six to eight months in used oak barrels that he gets from Domaine de La Romanee-Conti. It is bottled without filtration. Look for a rich, ripe nose of cassis, black fruit and earth aromas with velvety smooth and lush black fruit flavors in the mouth. This wine is super concentrated and fruit-pure with chewy tannins on the finish.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Beaujolais
Appellation Morgon
Brand Jean Paul Thevenet
Alcohol/vol 13%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Morgon Vieilles Vignes, from Charly's father Jean-Paul, comes from two parcels of vine, one of which was planted before World War I. It sees 6 to 8 months in old Burgundy barrels. It has a very suave bouquet of red currant and raspberry coulis, well-defined and unfolding with every swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded and smooth tannins, finely tuned acidity, but just missing a little tension and delineation toward the finish. There is certainly good weight here, although I would give it two years in bottle as it is so backward at the moment.

Neal Martin, June 2014