Vignobles Bulliat bottle

Vignobles Bulliat

Gamay, 2016

Fresh out of winemaking school in 1978, Noël Bulliat bought 10 acres of vineyards in Beaujolais. The region was known for bland bulk wines, but serious growers like Noël transformed Beaujolais and its reputation. Now he and his son, Loïc, farm and hand-harvest more than 65 acres in Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent, three of Beaujolais’ top villages. This wine, which earned 91 points from Wine Enthusiast, comes from the Bulliats’ prized plot of 50-year-old vines.

Profile

Vignobles Bulliat “Cuvée du Colombier” Morgon is a serious, classically styled red, nothing like spritzy, sweet Beaujolais Nouveau. It’s more like a young Burgundy but with a silkier texture and fruity accessibility.

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Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Baking spices sillo
Baking spices
Red cherries sillo
Red cherry
Blackberries sillo
Blackberry
Mint sillo
Mint

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends, Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes—black pepper, clove and cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

More About The Wine

Morgon is one of the 10 villages of Beaujolais designated for the production of Cru Beaujolais—the highest-quality reds from this region, best known for the light and fruity Beaujolais Nouveaux that famously arrive each fall. Morgons are the richest and most complex of the Crus, and beloved for their ability to age well in the bottle for 5 to 10 years.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Duke of Burgundy banned the “disloyal” Gamay grape in 1395. He was reviled for it, and the grape persisted in Beaujolais, where by the 17th century it was flourishing.

  • VARIETY
    Gamay
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Vignobles Bulliat
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Morgon, Beaujolais, France
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • ALCOHOL
    13.2%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
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