Gamay and Beaujolais don't get much respect from self appointed wine experts. As a result, some very fine wines, such as this Jean Descombes Morgon, are easy to find on wine store shelves for $12 to $15 a bottle. I've been buying Jean Descombes for more than 20 years and have yet to be disappointed--either for early drinking or aging. A great number of changes take place in this Gamay from youth to maturity so I always buy enough so that I can enjoy it at various stages of development.
The color is medium to light garnet. Some funky smells come out immediately, but they blow away quickly. Wild strawberries, sweet cherries and black currants. Very ripe on the palate, almost too ripe for me. But that's the vintage speaking. Not quite as much subtlty as some vintages of Descombes such as 1995. Good concentration and a long, pleasing finish. Seems fully mature but capable of going a few more years.