2017 Domaine Jean-Michel Dupre "Cote du Py" Morgon

SKU #1408163 95 points James Suckling

 A super bright and elegant rendering of this powerful cru. There’s a swathe of violets and a very juicy, attractive and fine-boned structure to the palate. Seriously refined Côte du Py here! Drink or hold.  (1/2019)


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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2019 | Send Email
Côte du Py in the cru of Morgon is located on a hill of volcanic rock and decomposed schist that sits over 1100 feet above sea level. The intensity and structure of wines from this named site make them great candidates for aging but why wait? Jean-Michel Dupre has crafted this fabulous cru Beaujolais that is so enjoyable right now. It is gushing with ripe cherry, raspberry, violets and a slight kick of spice, joined by low tannins and higher acidity. You can have this with anything from chicken, pesto pasta, a cheese plate or grilled steak. With its gregarious personality and versatility with most foods, this Gamay really is the life of the party. The perfect +1 to your next social gathering!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2019 | Send Email
A classic Morgon Cote du Py with a nose that is exactly what you come to expect from a fine Cote du Py: layered and elegant, with hints of berry, rose petals, earth, and forest floor. The palate is alive with gorgeous berry fruit and pomegranate flavors, with zippy acidity and crunchy tannins. This is a fabulous value and drinks like a wine 2-3 times the price.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2029

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2019 | Send Email
Having had the good fortune of meeting Jean-Michel Dupre when he visited K&L earlier this year (and loving his wines) I was excited to see an offering from him I had not yet tried. compared to his other Morgon (the 1935) this has a softer and more rounded fruit profile, more like stewed plums than cherry, I find more cinnamon and a bit of fresh turned earth on the nose as well. The palate is lovely with soft fruit, darker baking spice notes and an almost olive tapenade like note. I must say this might be a little too drinkable for its own good, and if history says anything these lovely Dupre wines won't last long on our shelves!

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.