Grapelive: Wine of the Day July 19, 2017

2015 Antony Thevenet, Morgon Cru Beaujolais, France.
The juicy and concentrated the young Thevenet’s Morgon is a focused and tasty Gamay wine that sits somewhere between Foillard and Lapierre on the style/quality curve, not bad for a new winery, in fact Anthony worked in the cellar for Foillard, as well as Descombes in recent years prior to making his own wines from some of his family’s famous vines, some of which are as old as 150 years. Thevenet is a follower of the natural wine movement, along with organic wine growing he uses almost no sulfur in the finished wine, much in the same way Lapierre does things. The sandy granite driven soils and old vines give clear terroir character even in his base cuvee, especially in this 2015, which flows with blackberry, cherry, plum and dusty cranberry fruits along with walnut, minty herbs, earthy loam and orange zest. This is a winery to follow and this 2015 Morgon Cru Beaujolais is a fun and easy to love wine that pleases with dark fruit, a lovely purple/blue color and spicy mineral tones as well as light floral notes, drink now, as the warm and ripe vintage begs to be quaffed with it’s generous/open style.
($26 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive