Intensely perfumed aromatics, with dark cherry and plum fruit character. This is Beaujolais at its best.
Jean-Marc Burgaud has seven hectares on the Cote du Py slope which makes him the largest owner of vines on this famous hill. This wine's intensity, coupled with its freshness and balance, shows why this hill is so famous, and why Burgaud is held in such high esteem. The Cote du Py has intense aromas of fresh red cherry and plum fruit and a rich and deeply concentrated palate with finely-tuned tannins and a long mineral finish.
Producer: Jean-Marc Burgaud
Region/Country: Morgon, Beaujolais, France
Production Method: Maceration during fermentation lasted 12-15 days, with daily pumping over. All the grapes were fermented as whole bunches which Jean-Marc refers to as 'sémi macération carbonique'. Following fermentation, this wine was aged in concrete until bottling in June.
Style: Classic sour cherry, bramble and dried herb character. Dusty tannins and lovely concentration.
Pairing Suggestion: Game, Italian dishes, grilled meats, roast dishes
Profile: Gamay has been best known for producing fresh and fruity wines for early consumption. This is now changing, with the natural wine movement in Beaujolais, and more producers placing more emphasis on high quality production meaning Gamay has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Wines now show racy acidity alongside richness of fruit and clear minerality. Plantings are increasing outside of France, with producers in Australia, New Zealand and USA producing wines in a range of styles.
Classic Regions: Beaujolais, Loire Valley (France), Yarra Valley (Australia), Central Otago (New Zealand), USA
Jean-Marc Burgaud was recently dubbed ‘Monsieur Côte du Py’ by Bourgogne Aujourd’hui magazine. His fine domaine has seven hectares of vineyard on the Côte du Py in Morgon, making the Burgaud family the biggest owner of vines on this famous hill. Jean-Marc is originally from Lantignié and his wife, Christine, is from Morgon, the 11.5 hectares in Morgon were inherited from her side of the family. “My father used to tell me that Lantignié produced the best Beaujolais, but when I first met Christine, her father opened a 20-plus-year-old bottle of Côte du Py for me and that opened my eyes to the potential of Beaujolais,” he explains. Today, the domaine has 18 hectares of vineyards across Beaujolais Villages, Morgon and Régnié.