Country, Region: France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Appellation: Morgon (Morgon is one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais)
From 40-70 year old vines grown on ancient stony-clay decomposed granite alluvial soils just across the road from the Château. Vinification of whole bunches, followed by a 2-3 week fermentation and maturation in old 3000 litre foudres. Elegant and fresh and pure, never heavy.
'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).