2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras

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Jean-Marc Burgaud created this domaine in 1989. He produces wines from Beaujolais Villages and Régnié, but most of his production is in Morgon. David Schildknecht of the Wine Advocate wrote in 2009 that Jean-Marc is "as usual brimming with ideas about how he is going to make what are among his region’s handful of most exciting wines even better" and in #190 of August 2010 observed, "If there were any doubt that Jean-Marc Burgaud’s talents match his considerable ambitions, his 2009s should put them to rest, as few if any finer collections of Beaujolais are likely to have been rendered in this or any other vintage." "I dropped in at Jean-Marc Burgaud just outside Villie-Morgon, not far from the Cote du Py where he owns several parcels of vine. He told me that he started in 1989, the same year that he married his wife Christine (though when we were tasting older vintages, he said that the few bottles remaining from that year are for special occasions). They own about 19 hectares of vine: 13 hectares in Morgon, complemented by another five hectares of Beaujolais Villages and another in Regnie. Though not certified, he has not used chemicals in the vineyard for over a decade, the vines planted high density (10,000 bush vines per hectare) in order to enhance fruit concentration, and he usually picks later than many other growers. He usually practices a semi-carbonic maceration with regular pumping over in order to keep the fruit moist. The wines are raised in concrete vats, although the Cote du Py cuvees see partial barrel aging. This was a very consistent set of quite structured and concentrated Morgon wines that attested to Jean-Marc’s policy of picking late. Like Jean-Paul Brun, stylistically they lean toward Burgundy in style: more serious Beaujolais wines that will reward cellaring." Neal Martin
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