2011 Chateau Grange Cochard Morgon Cote Du Py
"Our flagship wine is from grapes grown on the most renowned terroir of Morgon; these lie on the slopes of crushed blue granite of the ancient volcano . This land gives the wine an intense underlying structure with brilliant dark fruit notes and long length in the mouth. The wine will continue to develop in the cellar for many years." - Winery
"The tiny appellation of Morgon has long been famous for the quality of its wine, and contains some of the finest terroir in the region. It is an ancient place, the Romans planted vines here, taking advantage of the structure and minerality drawn from the crumbling granitic schist. Morgon is known as a wine which reaches its best with ageing, and this quality gave rise to the French verb to "morgonner", the capacity to age."
"The heart of the appellation is the famed and sought-after Cote du Py a small old volcano which millions of years ago drew up to the surface rocks and minerals not seen elsewhere. The colour of the rock on the Cote du Py is blue, whereas the predominant colour nearby is pink, demonstrating in a very physical way the great difference of terroir over very small distances." - Winery
"Family owned and managed, we make small quantities of fine wine by hand. We use only our own grapes grown in our own vineyards, and with minimal intervention. From the vine to the finished bottled wine, everything is done within a few hundred metres of the chateau."
"At harvest, the grapes are picked exclusively by hand into small boxes. On arrival at the Chateau each bunch is checked again manually using a vibrating triage table to ensure only the best grapes enter the fermentation vats."
"Each area of vines is vinified separately, carefully considering its particular needs and characteristics. Whilst many Morgons are vinified quickly, we favour slower, cooler fermentations, which allow the true character of the terroir to emerge gently and calmly. After vinification, our wines are matured in our own vaulted cellars on site, in large old oak "foudres", new oak barrels, or tanks. Bottling and labelling is also carried out at the Chateau at the optimal time of maturation of the wines depending on the wine and the year (normally 9 - 12 months); we only use natural corks." - Winery
This wine was also rated 88 Points by the Wine Advocate.