Frédéric Berne "Corcelette" Morgon 2015
Gamay, yes amazing, versatile Gamay. The flagship grape of the Beaujolais region and, if you don't already, a grape worth getting to know. Especially this Gamay – it hails from the single-vineyard "Corcelette" inside the classic subregion of Morgon in Beaujolais.
No, this is not the grocery-store Beaujolais Nouveau you may associate most with. Beaujolais gets very serious (and expensive – it's one of the fastest-appreciating segments right now). Get in on one of the finest cuvées out there at our ridiculous value.
Berne's U.S. importer, one of the finest in the business, describes the wine perfectly:
"The wine shatters with wild rosy, purple and magenta berry fruits caught up in confectionery dust-bowl of violet and pink peppercorn."
Enjoying a Parisian outdoor apéro happy-hour with some expat friends in the summer of 2019, I asked a respected wine friend where the most exciting wine is being produced now and he didn't hesitate in his response: Beaujolais.
Berne's cuvée comes from a single vineyard in Morgon, one of the ten crus of Beaujolais. This area is distinct from the regions where mass-produced nouveau style is made. In wine-nerd circles the Corcelette vineyard is highly sought-after and well known, with good cause: its durable granite subsoils date back millions of years and impart unmistakeable grit and power. It's gnarly, bush-trained ancient vines produce highly concentrated berries of deep intensity and explosive aromatics.
Find this wine elsewhere for $35 and up – we snatched up all we could of this beautiful red to share with you!