- WinemakerJean-Gilles and Christiane Chasselay
- AppellationMorgon, Beaujolais
- Farming MethodCertified Organic
- OakLarge used French oak
Famille Chasselay Morgon Corcelette 2019
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The Chasselay family has lived in Châtillon d'Azergues for more than 600 years. In the cradle of Beaujolais, just north of Lyon, their organically farmed vineyards and minimal interventionist winemaking styles make them a natural wine lover’s platonic ideal. We did it again...best price in the U.S.!
The Morgon cru, overseen by the area’s most famous landmark – the Mont du Py, is the largest of the Beaujolais crus. The vineyard of Corcelette is also Morgon’s second most famous lieux dit, smaller in size, and yet rivaling the quality of the revered Côte du Puy. At Corcelette, the soils are composed of jumbled granite shale and sandstone pebbles, creating a harsh environment that produces structured, high-toned, and deeply flavored reds that are oft compared to Burgundian pinot noir. Intense, finely-knit tannins speak to the area’s renowned ageability.
This wine is classic Morgon, with seductive aromatics of lilacs, peonies, and violets, followed by black and red fruits notes of raspberries, currants, and kirsch, with a stony, flinty, crushed-rock note and a dash of white pepper on the finish. Bright, fresh, and tantalizing from the very first, the wine also possesses hidden depths of a dark and brooding nature. Pretty and supremely drinkable now, expect this to put on weight and complexity over time. At a mere $30, this is ripe for grabbing a handful of bottles and taking note of the development over the coming years. While it lasts!
PAIRING IDEAS: Whilst traveling in Ireland, I stumbled across a dish at Loam – a 1-star Michelin in Galway that has since closed, sadly. Aged beef tartare, with a black garlic paste, under a “snow” of roasted, frozen, and shaved bone marrow. It was sublime. Do that...or just plain ol’ beef tartare, I suppose.