2020 Daniel Bouland Morgon Bellevue Cailloux

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The majority of Daniel Bouland’s old bush vines are rooted within the Morgon climat of Corcelette, in the hilly Haut-Morgon to the northwest of the appellation. Within this area there are several lieux-dits that Bouland now bottles separately, and Bellevue is one of these. It’s a southeast-facing, particularly stony site (cailloux means rocks), with plenty of schist running through the granitic, sandy base soil (much like in the Côte du Py). The plethora of rocks on the surface traps and radiates warmth and, as a result this is Bouland’s earliest-ripening site. The vines were planted in 1951 and 1987. This is made the same way as all the Bouland wines: natural, whole-bunch ferment; concrete tank/foudre élevage; and no fining.

Another 2020 that dips into in the red fruit spectrum, expect a sweetly fruited core of cherry and wild strawberry characters rounded by the wine’s polished texture and gentle minerality. Both a celebration of elegance and the approachability of great Beaujolais, there are lingering fruit flavours that immediately draw you back to the glass.