Domaine Marcel Joubert Morgon Côte de Py 2013
A fourth-generation wine-maker, Marcel Joubert boasts a grandfather named Petrus, founder of the appellation Brouilly. The 10 hectare vineyard spreads across AOC Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, Brouilly, Fleurie, Chiroubles and Morgon. Marcel Joubert took over the exploitation in 1972, with in mind the preservation of vines 30 to 100 year old and the desire to farm in a way closest to nature.
Today: Organic farming practices, following biodynamic principles. Therefore, no chemical fertilizers, only seaweed. Instead of employing defoliants, short, sturdy grass (Paturin) grows on the poor, sandy soil between vine rows. This method creates competition with the vines, encouraging a deeper root system & natural reduction of the yield. Plowing is also a part of the program, to destroy weeds, aerate the soil and promote microbial bio-diversity.
Fruit is sourced from a hillside vineyard, exposed southwest to take advantage of the sunshine, with 70-100 year-old-vines, planted on clay ground in basements and ground topsoil is a mixture of clay and limestone shale which gives unique character to the wines. The influence of the Mediterranean allows for early rises in the temperature in the spring which helps the maturation of the grapes.
The grapes undergo carbonic maceration at 10°- 12° celsius. Maceration, alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation are done with indigenous yeasts and bacteria present in the fruit. After the wine is pressed it is kept in foudres (large wooden vat) and then aged in a mix of wooden vats and barrels for 6-10 months prior to blending and bottling.
The wine is purple to dark ruby in the glass. It smells of earth, dark fruits and herbs. It has a rounded palate with firm tannins. the 2014 year was dry and resulted in wines with more concentration.
The 2014 vintage was dry and resulted in wines with more concentration, heavy tannins. The aromas are generous with kirsch, dark cherry sourness, yet good acidity gives it a light weight on the palate with the classic Morgon characters similar to mature Pinot Noir.