Red

2005 Georges Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes

Gamay

  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Beaujolais
  • Morgon
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    May 21, 2019 - Even, primary ruby. More than a little brett. Solid medium weight. Still fairly stern and tannic with an earthy tart cherry core. Very much unevolved, not terribly generous Gamay. I did not love it, and it doesn't seem terribly likely to flesh out over time.

  • Guy Des Rosiers Likes this wine: 90 points

    October 9, 2018 - Very consistent with last note -- including the slight funk, which blew off after a few minutes and was not distracting on the palate. Let this breathe for an hour or so and enjoy. It's in a very good place.

  • Guy Des Rosiers Likes this wine: 90 points

    September 26, 2018 - Quite barnyardy upon opening, but not in a bad way (though reasonable minds will no doubt differ on this). Still loads of cherry and cranberry on the nose. Silky smooth and lithe on the palate, with bright red fruit and a solid backbone of acidity. The barnyard notes thankfully do not carry over to the palate, which is very Burgundian in structure, but with heart and soul firmly planted in Morgon. Which is precisely as things should be.

  • Guy Des Rosiers Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 28, 2017 - Fairly dark garnet core. Sour cherry, violets, bacon, and a bit of volatility (ink) on the nose. Finally beginning to show a bit of maturity. Medium-bodied. The sweet cherry fruit is still primary and intense on the palate, the acidity is bracing (without being harsh), and the tannins are almost fully resolved. Still one of the very best Beaujolais I ever had; if anything, this continues to improve, finally gaining some complexity without losing any of its vibrancy. What a beauty.

  • d'Artagnan wrote: 93 points

    June 16, 2017 - Dégustation Beaujolais 2005 et 2009 (Au Petit Resto): Wow, quelle belle bouche fine et équilibrée! Celui-ci n'est pas le plus long, mais il me charme avec une finesse admirable, minérale et délicate. Un magnifique vin qui me semble à son apogée. Voilà un vin qui s'est bonifié avec le temps, gagnant en subtilité, sans perdre ses parfums. Un grand charmeur. 93 pts

    p.s.: intéressant de noter qu'en 2014 il était dans une phase ingrate, laissant planer un doute sur son avenir.

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  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2008, Issue #18, Recently Tasted Beaujolais

    (Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”- Georges Descombes) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    4/21/2008 (link)

    (Georges Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes) This showed lovely but don't remember much of that one. It was rich, sappy, ripe and very Pinot-esque. Elegant and juicy. Was not real analytical at this point of the night.

  • By Lyle Fass
    3/12/2008 (link)

    (George Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes) This seems like it is finally closing down after being wide open since it landed stateside months ago. Still very ripe and floral and the most Pinot-esque of all the Descombes wines. Check back in five years and I bet this will be in its prime drinking window.

  • By Lyle Fass
    11/5/2007 (link)

    (Georges Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes) As soon as I poured this wine I knew it was something special. Deep aromas of berry fruit, earth, mineral and some mint. But then it changed again and became more floral, and then changed again with darker fruit accents, and then changed again . . .you get the point. The palate had the structure of a Grand Cru from Gevrey Chambertin. Thoroughly ripe and juicy with ripe (yes it was that friggin ripe!), sweet and noble tannin this had amazing concentration, purity and character. This was hard to define as complex as it kept changing over and over again and something that is complex is defined as stable. So I guess this was not a complex wine (tongue firmly planted in cheek.) This has the structure to age and improve for 20-25 years I would boldly say. This is one of these rare wine that has actually delivered, and actually gone above and beyond the hype that was strewn upon it. A profound bottle of Beaujolais and easily the best one I have ever had.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Georges Descombes
  • Varietal Gamay
  • Designation Vieilles Vignes
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Burgundy
  • SubRegion Beaujolais
  • Appellation Morgon

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  • In Cellars 53 (46%)
  • Consumed 63 (54%)

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