Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wine of the Week - Domaine Raphael Chopin Morgon "Les Charmes"


This week's featured wine hails from the second largest of the ten Beaujolais crus, Morgon. While this region has many different climats, the commonality between them is the decomposed schist soil called ‘roches pourries’ or ‘rotted rocks’. Many believe it is this unique composition which imparts the ripe cherry aromas found in their wines. In addition, the average age of the vines for Raphael Chopin's Les Charmes is 60 years old, resulting in a wine of depth and concentration not often found in Beaujolais. Chopin's "Les Charmes"  is bright, with red and dark berry aromas, peppery spice and floral notes. On the palate are notes of raspberry, blood orange and violet pastille, woven with a smoky minerality. Burgundy lovers should definitely keep a look out for wines from Morgon.


Located in Lantignié in Beaujolais is Domaine Raphaël Chopin, a property of about five hectares of vines in Morgon, Régnié and Beaujolais Villages. The Domaine is made up of young vines planted in 1989, which are next to the oldest, gnarled vines planted in 1905. Raphaël’s philosophy is to be respectful of the terroir and the vines in order to offer the best of each vintage. He practices lutte raisonée, and most of the treatments used in the vineyard are of natural origin, such as sulfurs and copper. Vinification is semi-carbonic at a low temperature. Chopin only adds a minimal amount of sulphites, does not filter, and uses only native yeast. In five years, the domaine will be certified organic.

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