Country, Region: France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Appellation: Morgon (Morgon is one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais)
From old vines (100+ yo) 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 2018 Morgon “Côte du Py” from Sarah and James Wilding’s Grange Cochard is a lovely wine in the making, coming in at fourteen percent octane and delivering a deep and sappy nose of cassis, black cherries, espresso, bonfire, grilled gamebird, dark soil tones and a topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is deep, ripe, full-bodied and powerful in personality, with a rock solid core of fruit, superb soil signature, firm tannins and great length and grip on the nascently complex, tangy and broad-shouldered finish. This is vibrant and precise, despite plenty of muscle, and should age brilliantly. 2027-2065.' 93+ points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, February 2020.
'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).