A stunning old vine Morgon from Thévenet, one of the 'Gang of Four' who revolutionised wine in the Beaujolais region with an extraordinary focus on quality.
Jean-Paul Thévenet is one of the Gang of Four of Beaujolais (the others being Guy Breton, Jean Foillard and Marcel Lapierre) and perhaps best embodies the "old school" qualities that these winemakers have championed. ...Learn more
“Another natural wine pioneer on the Roberson books, Jean-Paul Thévenet has a stock of very old (70-100-year-old) vines in Morgon, and works with natural yeasts and a minimum of sulphur to create joyously vibrant red wines with, in this case, a vivid macerated dark cherry character and a touch of earthy complexity. Concentrated fruit, but presented with a lightness of touch, this is simply delicious.' ”
“Vivid ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of fresh raspberry and candied rose, with white pepper, allspice and blood orange notes adding complexity. Silky, seamless and fine-grained, offering lively, appealingly sweet red fruit flavors and a touch of spicecake. Shows excellent energy and focus on the mineral-driven finish, which displays a repeating raspberry note and even tannins. This wine is made from fruit grown in two different parcels, one planted in the late 1960s and the other over 110 years ago.”
“... the members of Beaujolais' Gang of Four were in their way quite radical in the making of red wine ... starting the natural wine movement of wines made without chemicals in the vineyard and, crucially, the winery. The wines made at their estates still have the capacity to thrill, and Thévenet's latest old-vine vintage is a gem: deep, savoury, but still with that trademark Beaujolais lightness and succulence of berries-in-the-hedgerow fruit.”
“Thevenet, part of the informal gang with Breton, Lapierre and Foillard, has played a key role in reviving the image of Beaujolais by going back to old practices. From 70-year-old vines, this has tart cranberry and raspberry fruit on a full, long, mineral palate. Just 2,000 cases, so hurry! ”
“The 2013 Morgon Vieilles Vignes, from Charly’s father Jean-Paul, comes from two parcels of vine, one of which was planted before World War I. It sees 6 to 8 months in old Burgundy barrels. It has a very suave bouquet of red currant and raspberry coulis, well-defined and unfolding with every swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded and smooth tannins, finely tuned acidity, but just missing a little tension and delineation toward the finish. There is certainly good weight here, although I would give it two years in bottle as it is so backward at the moment. ”