Wine of the week: Laurent Gauthier – Morgon Côte du Py – 2015

The Beaujolais region has undergone a revolution in recent years. Young winemakers are settling in, and the older ones have been reminded that work and respect for the land are qualitative vectors. The Beaujolais Nouveau, all too often assimilated to an entry-level wine, is receding in favour of tighter and fresher wines than before, and above all in favour of real winegrowers who offer real identity wines.

For proof, look at Domaine Laurent Gauthier. Present in Morgon since 1834, the Gauthier family has been faithful always to one of the most interesting
villages of the Beaujolais region. Owning several parcels of land ideally located, notably in the Côte du Py and in the Grands Cras, Laurent Gauthier produces wines full of sincerity, perfectly exposed on the south-east facing slopes.

The Côte du Py is a terroir of schists. Wines are quite tight and the tannins can be a little harsh, as in the cuvée presented here, but the wine remains elegant and fresh, with the density to perform over the years.

Laurent Gauthier – Morgon Côte du Py – 2015

Redcurrant and blackberry. Slightly spicy. Chewy, full-bodied, with slightly earthy tannins, but elegant and gentle. Length, too. Can wait a few more years. 15 euro, directly from the producer. 91/100.

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