Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jean Descombes Morgon, 2000

Sometimes called the Petrus of Beaujolais, Jean Descombes Morgon has always been one of the very best values in wine. Georges Duboeuf's name is on the neck label because Duboeuf is the importer, but the wine has the distinctive stamp of the late, great Jean Descombes. The wine is now made by Jean's daughter, who is carrying on the family tradition quite nicely. Jean Descombes Morgon sells for $12 to $15 a bottle and drinks beautifully when it's young, offering up lush raspberry, cherry smells and flavors. With age, it evolves into a more subtle, delicate wine with the qualities of a fine red Burgundy. I buy the wine virtually every year, drink a few bottles while it's young and put the rest in the cellar where I now have vintages ranging from 1995 to 2008.

Medium garnet color./ Lovely cherry scents with flowers and spice. There is schist in the soil at Morgon that creates mineral tones unique to Morgon./ Medium bodied with finely framed cherry flavors. Also a hint of apricots. Very long finish that gets more satisfying with every sip. This 2000 Jean Descombes is aging beautifully, and it's not finished yet.

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