Clos de Mez Morgon Chateau Gaillard 2015
A June 2019 Cellar Cru Selection
Marie-Elodie Zighera is unlike any young winemaker I've ever met.
Her winemaking style is firmly rooted in 1911, the year her oldest vineyards were planted. As a winemaking 30-something one might expect to listen to her explain the virtues of this new method and that. But instead she reveals a story that I'll bet she's told a thousand times.
A decade ago she attended a tasting in Beaune and the conversation came around to her vines in Morgon, from a small parcel owned by her grandmother and planted before WWI. A curious listener knew the place, called "Chateau Gaillard", and also recalled drinking wines from the property half a century or more earlier--reminiscing of how youthful, expressive and beautiful they still were. Marie-Elodie was hooked on this idea.
So instead of crafting her wines in the modern school of Beaujolais--juicy, tooty-fruity, and headache-inducing, she began research that ultimately revealed to her that Gamay in Beaujolais could be handled in the same way as Pinot Noir a bit further north in Beaune.
There is nothing modern here. One can more imagine they've stepped into a winery in 1930 rather than 2016. There is an utter void of fancy winemaking tools and equipment present.
Marie-Elodie makes just two wines from small parcels in Fleurie and Morgon. Her Morgon, from a monopole vineyard parcel called Chateau Gaillard has been in her family since the late 1800's. And no joke, it could be mistaken for a village level Cotes-de-Nuits wine made from Pinot Noir. The wine reveals a silky elegance over an hour open in the glass.
It is one of our most unique treasures.