Now we enter the realm of Bouland's spectacular, terroir-specific Morgons. This wine is the first of two cuvées that focus on Corcelette's sandy, granitic soils. This soil generates wines of great perfume and finer, rounder tannins than those of Morgon's more schist-influenced terroirs. Bouland separates his so-called 'younger' vines in this area (60 years on average so hardly young!) from his very oldest bush vines, which are bottled under the Vieilles Vignes label.
Like all Bouland's wines this was whole-bunch fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in very old foudre (large cask). This is a superb start to what are four stunning Morgons. Of the quartet, this is the prettiest and, in some ways, the most accessible to drink. It's fragrant and perfumed with ripe raspberry, rosemary oil, potpourri and smoky minerality. Bouland's calling cards of high spectrum bright fruits and delicate florals are telegraphed by red cherry and rose petal flavours, complemented by lavender, rosemary, and thyme/garrigue. There is a beautiful wildness to this year's Corcelette, a wine gently shaped by fine, powdery tannins into a long, mineral finish. Simply gorgeous. - Importer Note
An increased focus on the environment and an awareness of sustainable agriculture have given rise to a huge increase in organic viticulture. This is an exciting area of growth in the world of wine, and if done right, one that leads to better wines, healthier vines and soils, and less stress on the earth.
But what makes a wine organic?
Organic wine refers to a method of farming, rather than winemaking. It all starts in the vineyard, where vignerons and viticulturalists no longer use synthetic or systemic pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. Instead they opt for organic compounds such as copper and sulfur, which can help reduce he pressure of disease and pests. This results in much better vine and soil health, with no unwanted chemicals leeching into local rivers and waterways through run-off.
Organic farming is not to be confused with Biodynamic farming which, although similar, is a different approach and requires many more specific practices. These practices such as specific soil preparations, and lunar-cycle harvesting are not necessary to achieve an organic system.
It is important to note that organic wines can still have sulphur dioxide added to them. Sulphur is an organic compound, and therefore winemakers are free to add it to their wines, and still achieve organic certification. Winemakers will often add sulphur to help stabilise the wine and protect it from oxygen come bottling time. The wine will still be completely organic, assuming the proper farming practices have been adhered to.
|Product Type||Wine Red Gamay & Beaujolais|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|