94+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2020 Morgon Côte du Py Javernières is brilliant, unwinding in the glass with aromas of wild berries, spices, rose petals, loamy soil and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with impressive reserves of ripe tannin and sapid fruit, it's seamless and lively, concluding with a long, resonant finish. As ever, this is built to age, and it will reward patience, even if its youthful charms are considerable."
94+ points John Gilman, View From the Cellar
"Interestingly, the 2020 Javernières is a full point lower in listed octane than the Côte du Py in this vintage, coming in at 13.5 percent alcohol. These vines are forty years of age and planted in the vineyard’s deeper, clay and iron-veined soils. The bouquet is truly stunning this year, offering up complexity, purity and a subtle sense of sappiness that is bound to grow as the wine blossoms. It delivers scents of red and black cherries, pomegranate, a touch of red plum, gamebird, woodsmoke, a complex base of soil tones and delicate topnote of fresh thyme. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full, with a great core of fruit, superb soil undertow, excellent complexity, ripe, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and perfectly focused finish. This is a young wine, but so beautifully balanced that it is already very tasty, though the structure starts to build a bit on the backend with extended air. Ten years down the road this wine will really be reaching its apogee of peak drinkability, but it seems likely that it will be too tempting in its youth to not see many bottles gobbled down in the coming few years. Great young Morgon! 2026-2065+"
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Desvignes family have been Morgon vignerons since the mid-1700's. Claude-Emmanuelle and her brother Louis-Benoît are the 8th generation. Their father Louis-Claude made wine but sold off around half of the family fruit; the kids ended that practice and began bottling the entire production under the Desvignes label. Their 13 hectares of vines lie exclusively in the cru of Morgon, which of the 10 Beaujolais crus produces some of the most long-lived and complex wines, thanks to high concentration of schist and manganese in its soils. The Desvignes holdings are divided into numerous small parcels, with the vines averaging 70 years old. Farming is organic, and they work the soils actively. Harvest is by hand and typically later than many growers in the quest for full ripeness. 100% Gamay. Desvignes has vines averaging 65 years old, with some going back to 1912, in the historic Morgon lieu-dit of Javernières at the foot of the famous hill of the Côte du Py. The soils are much heavier and stickier with iron-rich red clay here versus the more schistous "rotten rock" up the hill. The exposure is also more easterly; the wines tend to be softer, more red-toned and elegant versus the darker, more muscular ones off of the Côte du Py.