Daniel Bouland Morgon Bellevue Cailloux 2019
The majority of Daniel Bouland’s old bush vines are rooted within the Morgon climat of Corcelette, in the hilly Haut-Morgon to the northwest of the appellation. Within this area there are a number of lieux-dits that Bouland now bottles separately, and Bellevue is one of these. It’s a southeast-facing, particularly stony site (‘Cailloux’ means rocks or rocky), with plenty of schist running through the granitic, sandy base soil (much like in the Côte du Py). The plethora of rocks on the surface traps and radiates warmth, and as a result, this is Bouland’s earliest-ripening site. The vines were planted in 1951 and 1987.
It is made exactly the same way as all of the Bouland wines: natural, whole-bunch ferment, concrete tank/foudre élevage and no fining. This is fascinating to compare directly with the Sable (sand) cuvée. Here, there’s more plum and blackcurrant depths, and also a smoky, hot-rocks kind of mineral profile. Long and strong, this is going to age beautifully.
“Derived from older vines in rockier soils, the 2019 Morgon Bellevue Cailloux is even more sensuous and textural than its Sable counterpart. Mingling notions of raspberries and plums with hints of rose petals and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, its powdery tannins almost entirely cloaked in succulent, perfumed fruit.”94 PointsThe Wine Advocate