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Community Tasting Notes (240) Avg Score: 90.9 points

  • Almost exactly 5 years since my first bottle on release. I'm honestly amazed how much this wine has softened in such a short amount of time, considering how hard it was on release. Right now this wine is full open and I consumed nearly a whole bottle in under two hours because it was so delicious. Still, a very darkly colored wine for Beaujolais, but it's all fresh color. Aromas are certainly ripe, but not overbearingly so, showing some bright briar and green strawberry leaf as well as the ripe berry fruit. This smells a bit of a vineyard, and for whatever reason, a bit of a Manhattan (the bitters, perhaps). Palate is incredibly smooth and soft texturally, entering with more bitters and Maraschino cherry notes. Palate texture is quite nice, with tannins only developing with 10 seconds of aeration. Finish is voluptuous and smooth, with tart red fruits and tons of ripe cherries. This wine really is tasting like a Maraschino cherry. I'm actually fairly surprised how well this is drinking today, considering its youth. Must be the 2009 warm vintage. It feels quite ripe now, without the usual Beaujolais structural balance to take it the long term. That's at least the glimpse, right here, right now. I'll dig into the next bottle perhaps in just two years to test that theory. But if you haven't had one in a while, dig in, they are vibrant and juicy today!

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  • Drinking really well at the moment. The fruit is closing in on it's metamorphosis to Pinosity. Pretty lush yet still refined with perfect acidity and grip. Perhaps the ideal red food wine. IMHO, '09s are living up to the deserved hype.

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  • This is a pretty great wine. The first day, it was an almost odd composite of distincitive elements, each intriguing on its own merits: tannins that were stern but also zingy, freshening acidity, fruit that still conveyed a sense of lushness. Made me think of the early Picasso cubist paintings that are so well-organized, even though the immediate appearance is completely disjoint. Second day, the components marry up, and the wine is knock-out in both weight and content. Serious, even profound, and an incredible value, in the world of wine, at under $30.

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  • Similar to my previous notes, a great wine, showing tremendous nuance and subtlety of flavors behind its powerful and pleasing structure.

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  • This is much richer than I had expected, not sure if I ever had this on release but it's quite full-bodied now. Nice mixture of some mixed fruits along with some secondary forest-y notes. Some drying tannin and a bit of alcohol shows up on the finish.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/29/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py) Dark ruby color; lifted, floral, lavender, ripe red berry, light pepper, charcoal nose; tasty, tart red berry, ripe currant, charcoal, mineral palate; open now but could use 1-2 years; medium-plus finish (least shut down of our lineup; vines planted en gobelet at 10,000 vines per hectare; semi-carbonic fermentation; raised in barriques from one to 10 years old and foudre)
  • By Richard Jennings
    1/4/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py) Group's #1 (my #3) – 37 pts; 2 firsts, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, 0 last places – medium dark magenta color; lavender, baked berry, ripe plum, Grenache-like nose; tight, ripe berry, red berry, vanilla oak, Grenache-like palate, open now but could use 1-2 years; medium-plus finish

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