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96 94Beaujolais, FRANCE$44.99 Bottle
- 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
- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2019-2025)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
Daniel Bouland’s Corcelette wines come from pure, sandy, granitic soils which produce wines with greater perfume and finer, rounder tannins than those on Morgon’s more schist influenced terroirs. The fruit for this wine comes from his younger vines, with an average age of 60 years, and it is whole bunch fermented and matured in very old foudre’s.
Excellent depth of colour displaying an opaque black dark red core and a bright deep purple hue. Blossoming from the glass are pretty aromatics of violets, ripe cherries and hint of blueberries that a have a perfumy like fragrance to them. Smoky clove, earthy dried herbs and spice act as an overlay. Light across the palate yet possessing rich red cherry, strawberry and dark cherry fruits in abundance which provide the wine with delicious up front appeal. Subtle infusions of clove, provincial herbs, light earthy incense characters and spice also chime in for added interest. Quite juicy in its feel with good bright acidity underlying the fruit. Finely integrated tannin framework finishing with plenty of power on the long savoury aftertaste.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
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