Country, Region: France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Appellation: Morgon (Morgon is one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais)
From vines up to 100 years old, grown on soft pink granite in Les Charmes, the highest climat in Morgon, reaching over 400m. Fully de-stemmed, followed by a 2-3 week fermentation and maturation in 3-4 year old French oak barriques.
‘The 2013 Morgon “les Charmes” from Château Grange Cochard is a beautiful bottle of Morgon that is already quite accessible, but with the underlying chassis of structure to also age long and gracefully. The pure and sappy nose offers up scents of black cherries, granite, woodsmoke, a bit of espresso, fresh thyme and a hint of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent soil inflection, a bit of firm tannin, tangy acids and outstanding length and grip on the complex and very classic finish. Fine, fine Morgon. Drink 2015-2040+.’ 93 points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, July 2015.
'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).