A perfect wine for collectors
If there is one Beaujolais appellation that you’ll often find in cellars, it’s Morgon. Tending towards the excellent, this rich, powerful wine has an aging potential of a dozen years.
Morgon wines are found in 6 well-known sites in the Beaujolais region: Les Charmes, La Côte du Py, les Micouds, les Grands Cras, Corcelette and Douby. The first two are fortunate enough to be located on high ground. And, just like Chénas, the vines enjoy the benefits of a daily sunbathe and a mild climate.
As life is sometimes full of contradictions, the interesting paradox about one of the most famous Beaujolais crus is that grows in soil formed of “rotten rock”. This soil consists of decomposing schist and molten rock, hence its rather uninviting nickname. Nevertheless, it is precisely this crumbly earth that gives Morgon its character and power!
The expression of a terroir in all its intensity
Morgon does credit to the Beaujolais region by taking the intense nature of the soil where it is grown and making it even better, thanks to its bouquet of mature stone fruit. But its power resides in its unusual aromas of kirsch and eau-de-vie. Yes, Morgon wines really are unique!
In fact, this appellation has something so specific about it that a new word has been added to French winegrowing vocabulary: “Morgonner”. It’s a verb that refers to the particular taste of the wine and the fact that it is an expression of the terroir where it is grown.
So when a wine taster uses this word, he is effectively saying that Morgon develops excellent qualities when it ages.
Getting the very best out of Morgon wines
Morgon should be stored in a cellar for 5 to 10 years to draw out the best harmonies in the wine.
To enhance its intensity and complement its delicious range of flavours, it should be served with powerfully flavoured food. Ask the chef to prepare leg of lamb, Beef Bourguignon or a game bird to accompany the characterful Morgon.
Grilled white meat would also be good in the midst of this concerto of flavours that can be extended right up to the cheese course. Camembert, Brie, Brillat-Savarin, Munster, Saint-Marcellin, Neufchâtel or even a Livarot cheese go well with the cherry, peach and apricot notes of Morgon wines.
But do make sure you store the bottle in the best possible conditions! A constant temperature of 12°C in a place that is slightly humid and protected from the light provide the perfect conditions for your Morgon to “morgonne”, or age well, and become the star of your meal.
Morgon wines are full-bodied and robust and have established themselves as the flagship crus in the Beaujolais, as they are an intense expression of the terroir that creates them. Drawing their strength from a soil that on the face of it appears to be rather unwelcoming, they manage to extract the best from it and harmonise all the flavours of their bouquet over the years. If you are a collector looking for unique, well-structured wines, you absolutely must have some bottles of Morgon in your wine cellar!