Grange Cochard Cote du Py Morgon 2016


Intensity of a Burgundy and the flavour spectrum of Gamay. Good stuff.

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Cote du Py is the pinnacle of Morgon. This wine is tightly wound, really needs a decant or time in the glass. Dark fruits, plums and cherries, flinty, almost like Xmas cake. Great weight on the palate and very well-balanced. It is really in need of 3-7 year to open up and longer still I would say. I’d match with a bitey cheese at the moment.

Taking over an old property in 2008 the new owners have made good their investment in quick time. Giving love to 6.5 hectares of old vines that are now run organically has done the world of good. These are tightly framed Beaujolais (even by Morgon standards) but given air they come around to the charming state you expect from Beaujolais but structure and intensity of great Pinot Noir.


Most famous for aromatic, light of body, high acid reds from Gamay. There is a Burgundian sensibility on Rhone soil types which makes for an interesting style. The quality wines are refreshingly tart with aromatic complexity and enough fruit weight to balance out the tartness. They can age but often it is not required. The best wines are found in the 10 Crus of the region with the lesser appellations being akin to an ocean in more ways than one.  Whites from Chardonnay are available but hard to find.


This is the closest to Moulin-a-Vent in terms of weight and structure, and it can age nearly as well. It has a firm minerality, thanks chiefly to its granitic soils, and a fruit profile that shades towards orange.


Grown in the French regions of Beaujolais and Loire Valley. It is early budding, high cropping, aromatic and high acid. It got outlawed by Burgundy by Duke Philippe the Bold for being disloyal but has no doubt made up for that with honourable service. The best wines from Gamay resembled Burgundy in flavour and well worth seeking out. Often they are exceptionally good value too.

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