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Daniel Bouland Morgon Délys 2020

This tiny wine grower of the hamlet of Corcelette… has seduced us for a few years now with his concentrated and textured Morgons. The fruit weight in no way masks the almost wild minerality of the soil. These wines have an intensity that can only come from old vines that are impeccably cultivated… We do not hesitate to say that you will find here the best value for money in red wine [in this guide]. La Revue du Vins de France

This wine used to be labelled simply as Morgon Vieilles Vignes, without the name of the vineyard or lieu-dit, but is now labelled Morgon Les Délys Vignes plantées en 1926. It comes from a single hectare of 90-plus-year-old vines located on the Morgon-Chiroubles border, at the end of the Corcelette valley—a terroir historically known as Délys. The old, gnarled vines sit on a southeast-facing slope, planted at 10,000 vines per hectare.

As always, this is likely to be Bouland’s most age-worthy wine and it is something special in 2019. It’s a superb Délys, expressing lifted mulberry fruit, lots of spice, hints of nettle and a certain, graphite-like minerality. Already a wonderful drink but, as always, the tannins are the most tightly wound, the steeliest, reminding us that this is a wine that will have no problem living and developing for decades.