Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette 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
Now we enter the realm of Bouland’s spectacular, terroir-specific Morgons. This wine is the first of two cuvées that focus on Corcelette’s sandy, granitic soils. This soil generates wines of great perfume and finer, rounder tannins than those of Morgon’s more schist-influenced terroirs. Bouland separates his so-called ‘younger’ vines in this area (60 years on average so hardly young!) from his very oldest bush vines, which are bottled under the Vieilles Vignes label.
Like all Bouland’s wines this was whole-bunch fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in very old foudre (large cask). This is a superb start to what are four stunning Morgons. Of the quartet, this is the prettiest and, in some ways, the most accessible to drink. It’s fragrant and perfumed with ripe raspberry, rosemary oil, potpourri and smoky minerality. Bouland’s calling cards of high spectrum bright fruits and delicate florals are telegraphed by red cherry and rose petal flavours, complemented by lavender, rosemary, and thyme/garrigue. There is a beautiful wildness to this year’s Corcelette, a wine gently shaped by fine, powdery tannins into a long, mineral finish. Simply gorgeous.