Calot Morgon Vieilles Vignes

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!