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Louis-Claude Desvignes, Morgon Montpelain, 2021


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Once a component of La Voute Saint-Vincent, this parcel of 80-year-old vines demanded its own bottling. This fruit is more concentrated, coming from silt and clay, and delivers impressive structure.


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Louis-Claude Desvignes makes a ridiculously good Morgon. Actually, he makes six ridiculously good Morgons, including three from the famed Côte du Py.

These varied, exceptional terroirs gives him enough to play with, with nuances Desvignes is almost preternaturally adept at expressing – perhaps because his family has been making wine in Morgon since the 1700s.

The house style is not the easy, candied “carbonic” style favored by many in the region; like Fleurie’s Anne-Sophie Dubois, Desvignes prefers to express his terroir in a more classical, Burgundian approach, though he eschews oak for concrete.

What importer Bowler Wine has to say about this wine...

100% Gamay. Montpelain is a lieu-dit in the extreme east-northeast corner of Morgon in the larger climat of Douby, not far from Fleurie. Desvignes used to include it in their entry-level "La Voûte Saint-Vincent", but its strong old-vine character warranted its separation starting in 2017. Their 0.75-hectare plot of 80-year-old vines sits on silty soils of sand and clay; as a side note, La Voûte emerged as more fine and fruit-forward with the removal of the more structured, robust Montpelain fruit. Viticulture and vinification are consistent across all Desvignes wines. The vines are certified-organic and harvested by hand. The clusters go through a semi-carbonic maceration in closed concrete vats, with a submerged-cap maceration of 10 days. A very small amount of sulfur (1-2 grams/hectoliter) is added after malo and sometimes at bottling. The wine is aged in concrete for about 7 months and bottled with a light, non-sterile filtration.


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    Floral , Juicy , Minerally

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  • Body

    Light Bodied

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