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Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes (Sable) 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

Most of Bouland’s offerings are technically old vine, but it’s only this and the Délys cuvée which celebrate the age of the vines on the label. This again comes from Corcelette but from vines on granitic sand soils (sable means sand). The vines were planted in 1926, so it’s truly a Vieilles Vignes cuvée. It is the sister wine, if you like, to the Cailloux (rocky) cuvée.

Unsurprisingly Bouland’s gnarled old trunks have over-delivered in this warm and dry vintage. Get ready for a symphony of cool raspberry and red fruits, delicate notes of currant, haunting wild herbs and smoke. It’s the purest, most concentrated and effortless of Bouland’s 2020 releases; the ripe, velvety tannins coating a core of electrifying acidity and culminating in a wine of lithe energy and elegance.