95 points Decanter
"At this family-owned, 26ha estate, seventh generation Alexis Depardon, at just 22, is gradually assuming charge of the domaine’s operations, currently overseeing the 3ha of Côte de Py in Morgon. He has a focus on terroir expression inherited from his parents. This cuvée is sourced from a rocky plot with blue schist soil. RG Fresh red fruit aromas, and fresh on the palate with fruit and acidity in balance. Good weight and concentration. AH Rounded and appealing style, lovely weight of dark berry and cherry fruit on the palate. Oak is subtle and well integrated. Freshness on the finish with acidity and a hint of graphite coming through. Fine, elegant Morgon. DV Fresh on nose. Nice vibrant fruit in the mouth. Long clean finish and good balance. Pretty. Drink 2021-2028"
Vinous Reverie Notes
The domain is unique in the appellation for having vines in all six of Morgon’s climats. They are Les Charmes, Côte du Py, Corcellette, Douby, Grand Cras, and Micouds, and grapes from each go into the Morgon Vieille Vignes cuvee. In that sense, this cuvee qualifies as the most representative Morgon of all, and it certainly supports the notion that Morgon, along with Moulin-a-Vent, is the densest and longest-lived of the Beaujolais crus. Locals refer to the appellation’s soils as roche pourrie, or rotten rock, because it’s particularly weathered. It’s also iron-rich, which has to do with its diverse geology—the soils here are not simply granitic, but rather a mix, especially around Cote du Py, of schist, granite, and even metamorphosed andesite (the so-called “blue granite” of Cote du Py and of that other extinct volcano, Cote du Brouilly). This cuvee comes from 27 acres of 70+year-old vines growing across Morgon’s six climats. Tasting Notes: An especially dense, dark and richly satisfying Morgon.