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This blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Gamay is loaded with bright and brambly red berry and black cherry fruit. It does not shy away from acidity, shows no new oak and revels in exceptional concentration and a zippy dose of citrus.
100% Gamay. L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul's oldest vines--hence the name of the wine--in his home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. They range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's signature sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron. These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian. The grapes are rigorously sorted and destemmed, crushed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats. The wine is aged in concrete until May-June after the vintage.
Produced from vines planted on the cool, shallow-granite soil of Chiroubles, this wine is balanced, ripe and has some fine tannins. It is smoothly textured, generous with its acidity and red fruits and ready to drink from mid-2018.
In the glass, Calot’s “Vieilles Vignes” is a characteristically deep, nearly opaque ruby with slight hints of pink and purple at the rim. Aromatically, it’s a highly perfumed mix of wild red and black berries, cherry, and cranberry along with woodsy notes of underbrush, rose petals and crushed granite. The concentrated palate is both fruit-saturated and refreshingly crunchy, the dark fruit notes and forest-floor woodsiness taking turns at the fore. I personally enjoy these wines decanted for 30 minutes and served just above cellar temperature, around 55-60 degrees. This is serious Beaujolais, so do right by it with a large Burgundy stem—and while you won’t be able to keep your hands off a few bottles now, I can’t stress enough how age-worthy this wine is. The real sweet spot for Calot Morgon, in my experience, is at 5-7 years of age, and it will go even longer if cellared properly. Not bad at all for less than $30! Pair it with a rustic plate of sausage and lentils and toast what will surely be one of your shrewdest buys of the year. Cheers!
The Gamay Noir vines at the Barsotti and Witters vineyards in El Dorado are maturing, and we feel the wine we are making from these two sites is getting better every year. The high elevation, decomposed granite soils and impeccable farming by the Mansfield family create a magic combination for this variety.