Country, Region: France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Appellation: Morgon (Morgon is one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais)
From old vines grown at the very top of the most renowned terroir of Morgon, the Côte du Py, on the crushed blue schist of the ancient volcano. Predominantly de-stemmed, followed by a 2-3 week fermentation and maturation in a mix of barrique and larger format oak.
’The 2015 Morgon Côte du Py is superb, revealing a lavish and beautifully pure bouquet in which aromas of ripe black cherries and dried flowers mingle with subtle notions of licorice and rich soil. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and textural, with a layered core, incredibly fine tannin and a succulent, precise finish. One senses the ripeness of the vintage, but there isn't a trace of sur maturité in this wonderfully complete, harmonious Morgon. Enjoy it over the next decade or more. Drink 2018-2030.’ 93 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate, June 2018.
‘The 2015 Côte du Py from Château Grange Cochard is also a big, bold and ripe example of the vintage, offering up a sappy bouquet of black cherries, chocolate, cassis, dark soil tones, a touch of squab and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with a very fine structural chassis, moderate tannins, fine focus and a long, nascently complex and very nicely balanced finish. There is more backend soil signature here than in the Vieilles Vignes and this should make fine old bones. A very impressive 2015! Drink 2017-2050.’ 93 points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, October 2017.
'Château Grange Cochard is one of the new superstar domaines in Morgon, though the estate has been around since 1759.' John Gilman, View From The Cellar, May 2018.
Whilst this is a very old property and chateau the new owners, Sarah and James Wilding (since 2008), have in a very short time established themselves among the very top producers of this highly regarded appellation. With a relatively small vineyard area of just 6.5 hectares of very old and established vines to tend to, the care and attention to detail here has been very impressive yielding widespread critical acclaim.
All of their vineyards are located very close to their winery and chateau and their vineyards are all farmed organically (though not certified). For vinification after hand picking into small cases and careful sorting the vinifications are made in a classic way with ferments taking place in cement tanks and then ageing in a mixture of foudres and barrels keeping the wine on lees until bottling around 9-12 months after harvest. These are wines of purity and generosity evident from very old vines. The wines demand some time to show their best (as most top Morgon wines do).