Morgon
"Les Charmes"

  • RegionBeaujolais
  • VillageCrus du Beaujolais
  • AppellationMorgon
  • Grape varietyGamay
The Vine
  • Average vine age 30 years
  • SoilPink schistous granite
  • Average yield50 hl/ha
  • HarvestHand picked
Wine tips
  • Cellaring Potential3-5 years
  • Serving temperature 13-15°
Description
  • Found on the gently sloping, south facing hillside overlooking the picturesque village of Morgon, the most distinguished of the ten Cru villages of the Beaujolais, is the unique vineyard site of « Les Charmes ». It yields a wine in the traditional Cru Beaujolais style, with strength, structure and the ability to age well. Using traditional Beaujolais fermentation techniques, this wine has a fresh, fruity bouquet and a palate which displays a round, smooth, supple fruit character, exhibiting all the characteristics of the terroir specific to this unique « climat ». It is well-balanced with soft approachable tannins and a pleasant fruity finish.
Vinification & Ageing
  • Fermentation
    Traditional in open vats
  • Ageing
    10 to 12 months ageing
Wine tasting
  • Tasting Note
    This Beaujolais is deep ruby in color, unveiling intense strawberry aromas. Typical of schistose terroirs, Morgon « Charmes » 2008 is virile and minerally with power in the mouth and good persistence. The supple, well-integrated tannins allow for immediate tasting but two to three years of cellaring with enhance the subtleties of this wine. Tasted July 8th, 2009.
  • Food Pairing
    Poultry - red meat - mature cheeses
Press review
  • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2008 - Western Daily Press (UK) - July 2010 - "Perfect Picnic Wine"


Press review
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2009 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages - September 2012 - 88/100From one of the best Beaujolais vintage of recent decades, this has a lovely Gamay sappiness on the nose, briary with a touch of green wood, but refined red berry fruit and a certain gently smoky mineral character too. In the mouth the concentration of sweet fruit is arresting. There's a cherry and ripe, juicy red plum character, but the leanness and edge of the acidity and tight tannic structure squeezes the flavours back into place for an elegant, dry finish. It doesn't have the ultimate juiciness and depth of the best Cru Beaujolais from this vintage, but it is a lovely wine. By Tom Cannavan (UK).
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2009 - The Guernsey Press and Star - March 2013 - "Drinking beautifully"This Beaujolais cru produces one of the slightly heavier styles from the region. It has a floral nose with a dense raspberry and red cherry fruit and a nice mineral edge. Having had a few years in bottle, this is drinking beautifully now, try with cold-cured meats, sausages or burgers. (UK)
    • 2009 Morgon "Les Charmes" - Decanter - December 2010 - 16 / 20: "Wines of the month": further evidence of the fantastic 2009 vintage enjoyed by Beaujolais, this is a musclar but pure gamay, with scented black and red fruits and attractive, leafy edging, all underpinned by earthy touches. It's a wonderfully pleasing glass of wine, with a structure that suggests excellent food-matching potential.
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2009 - Blackpool Gazette - Jacqueline Morley - July 10th 2010 :Try latours marvellous Morgon les Charmes 09, a name and a wines, straight from a fairytale and with a lively long lasting ending too. Just under a tenner from Majestic Wine warehouses and sumptuous stuff and, of course, this being Beaujolais, you can chill it lightly without killing the uplifting bright and cheery cherry ripe soft stone fruited flavours, which make it a great match with ham butties, or cold sausages
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2009 - Ham & High Series - Liz Sagues - July 15th 2010 :Let's consider one bottle: Louis Latour Morgon Les Charmes 2009, a cru Beaujolais from a very fine vintage. Well cooled, it the essence of lovely summer wine: crisp, light, stylishly refreshing. But, interestingly, it's more than that. Let it warm up a little (thought still well below the ambient we've been enjoying lately) and it's character changes. The aromatics increase and the wine becomes more serious and structures, with a mouth-watering cherry and mineral edge, much more reflecting its particular Beaujolais terroir. So, two LSW bottles in one.
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2009 - Cumberland News - Julian Whittle - August 6th 2010 :I recently tasted the Morgon Les Charmes 2009 from Louis Latour at Majestic. Morgon and Moulin a vent are arguably the most heavyweight of the cru producing wines with more tannin that can age and be a credible partner for food.The beetroot-red colour is typical of Beaujolais. The nose is floral and scented but with a heavier, earthy undertone that suggests something more serious. This is grown-up gamay, medium-bodied with silky, restrained tannins and cherry fruit. Great for a picnic.
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2009 - www.wineanorak.com - Jamie Goode - July 13th 2010 :Fresh and quite dense with bright raspberry fruit, together with a bit of tannic grip. Tight and youthful with lots of primary fruit, finishing quite firm. This is very promising: a usefully dense food wine now, with the potential to settle down and integrate with a few years in bottle. 88/100
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2008 - Western Daily Press (UK) - July 2010 - "Perfect Picnic Wine"Louis Latour Morgon Les Charmes 2008 is the perfect picnic wine. It's a top-of-the-range Beaujolais from the ‘cru' (classified top-quality village appellation) a red wine that combines generous, plumply ripe fruit with a squishy-fresh fruitiness and bounce that makes it ideal for serving gently chilled. As a summer red, Beaujolais refreshes in a way no other wine does.
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" 2003 - Evening Standard - June 1st, 2005 - "Beaujolais at its best"Forget thin, sharp Beaujolais nouveau: this Morgon, traditionally the region's most muscular cru, is Beaujolais at its best. Perfumed, juicy strawberry and raspberry fruit is beautifully balanced by rich tannins: a summer's day treat.
    • 2003 Morgon « Les Charmes » - Wine International - September 2005 - 88 points :“Ripe, strawberry fruit. Lovely. Smooth, brisk acidity, adequate supporting tannins and a lightness of touch. Elegant and developed.” CM “Good Beaujolais nose, palate soft and round but lacks density of fruit.” JP Drink 2005 – 2008
    • 2003 Morgon « Les Charmes » - Wine International - September 2005 - 88 points :“Ripe, strawberry fruit. Lovely. Smooth, brisk acidity, adequate supporting tannins and a lightness of touch. Elegant and developed.” CM “Good Beaujolais nose, palate soft and round but lacks density of fruit.” JP Drink 2005 – 2008
    • 2003 Morgon « Les Charmes » - The Evening Standard - January 2005 :This Morgon, traditionally the region’s most muscular cru, is Beaujolais at its best. Perfumed, juicy strawberry and raspberry fruit is beautifully balanced by rich tannins.
    • Morgon "Les Charmes" - Montana Mosaic 1998 :A wine with a fresh, fruity bouquet, it is supple and round on the palate, exhibiting all the characteristics of the superb terroir of "Les Charmes". This is a wine with power and finesse, it is well-balanced and displays soft approachable tannins and a delicious fruity finish.
    • 1996 Morgon "Les Charmes" - The Wine - September 1998 :It Has the lip-smacking cherry and raspberry fruit and hints of violet of good Beaujolais, but as it comes from the village of Morgon, one of the finest of the ten cru villages, it also has weight and structure. Indeed, a few more years of bottle age should transform it into something barely discernible frrom red Burgundy. Even so, we'd advise drinking it over the next year.
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