Sunday, July 8, 2007

Rating: ** 2005 Morgon Domaine de Mont Chavy (Duboeuf Beaujolais), France



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Original Review, July, 2007: Vintage beaujolais, from the gamay grape, are pleasant young, but can certainly be laid down for a bit of aging. This bottle, from the Morgon appellation, promises to be one of the more potentially long-lived beaujolais offerings from the well-regarded 2005 vintage.

It shows a young deep purplish-ruby red color. Perfumed violet-cherry aromas hurtle out of the glass, also showing a sort-of molten blueberry-pie undertone. On the palate, the smoky purple flavors attack first, leaving a middle that seems wanting for fruit, and a finish that is quick, perky and, to me, acidic. The aromas promised much more than the palate delivered.

Robert Parker was far more enthusiastic than I, giving this 92 points and saying, "Wonderful scents of violets, blueberries and black cherries emanate from the glass of the 2005 Morgon Domaine de Montchavy. Medium to full-bodied and sensual, it coats the taster’s palate with copious quantities of spices, grapes, cherries, bilberries, and blackberries. Exhibiting outstanding purity and density of fruit as well as length, this Morgon is a candidate for drinking over the next 8 years..."

Perhaps a bit of aging would round some of the tight edges for me. I'll try it again in the future, because I do have a couple of bottles, but I'll do so with just a bit of trepidation. Good experience overall, because of the aromas.

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Tasted again: April, 2008. Similar observations and rating. HOWEVER... I also allowed a sample of the Morgon to decant for a full 24 hours. Some interesting changes: aroma has blown off the purple violets - it has moved to a deep bloodiness. The palate has gone significantly deeper, tannins rounded, red/slightly sour cherry as dominant note. Two stars out of five with a plus for improvement.

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