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2018 Daniel Bouland Corcelette Morgon Vieilles Vignes Sable
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- Cellar 6 - 8 years (2025-2027)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
This wine is sourced from Daniel Bouland’s very oldest bush vines planted in 1926 on sandy soils (Sable means sand).
Very deep dark red black core with a vibrant purple red hue. The nose is very fragrant delivering perfumed rose petal like scents that are interwoven with red cherries, strawberries, subtle clove, incense infusions, earth, a light meatiness and spicy fresh herb notes. A shade more concentrated the Vieilles Vignes Sable exhibits beautiful freshness and great drive with delicious ripe red cherry and strawberry fruits gently laced with earthy clove elements flooding the mouth. Complexing blueberry, infusions of fresh herbs and spice sit beneath. Vibrant acidity and slightly firmer tannins give the Vieilles Vignes Sable an edge in structure over the younger vine Corcelette. Concludes with a long moreish aftertaste.
Cellar 6-8 years.
Daniel Bouland is one of my favorite producers in the Beaujolais, and his wines deserve to be much better known. Working with almost seven hectares of predominantly very old vines in Morgon, Chiroubles and Côte de Brouilly, Bouland vinifies with whole bunches, pumping over twice a day and gives his wines a classical maceration of two to three weeks. After pressing, élevage is in foudre and cement tank. Concentrated and succulent, Bouland's wines are beautifully differentiated by site and age gracefully: 2011s from my own cellar are still drinking beautifully. Bouland proudly informed me that he's now using higher-quality corks, so that graceful evolution should be even more regular going forward. He prefers 2018 to 2017, finding the tannins finer, though I like both vintages about equally. But, certainly, 2017s are closing down a little, and I intend to forget my own bottles for a few years. After experimenting with various ways of designating his various terroirs—including the use of foudre numbers—Bouland has now alighted upon a much clearer solution: he simply distinguishes between "Cailloux" (stones) and "Sable" (sand) on the label, as well as differentiating between "Vieilles Vignes" and regular bottlings.
From vines planted in sand—which is now indicated on the label—in 1927, Bouland's 2018 Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes Sable unfurls in the glass with notions of ripe plums, red cherries, smokes meats, violets and black pepper. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and multidimensional, with a broad attack, considerable depth and dimension at the core, juicy acids and a long, intense finish. Powerful and concentrated but framed by velvety tannins, this brilliant Morgon is the antithesis of facile, ephemeral Beaujolais nouveau! Drink 2020-2035.
William Kelley – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate