Anthony Thévenet, Morgon ”Cuvée Vieilles Vignes”, 6 Bottle Case 75cl

There’s Cru Beaujolais, then there’s epic Cru Beaujolais—Gamay that seemingly moves from the two dimensions of fruit and minerality into an eye-opening third dimension led by textural intensity and the striking ability to age.

One can argue the stylistic differences between the 10 cru villages of Beaujolais, but if there is one that effortlessly puts the magic in Gamay, it is Morgon. Today’s “Vieilles Vignes” offering from Anthony Thévenet is truly special: Beneath the bells of lustrous fruit and slickness of terroir lies powerful, endless depth that will intrigue the senses for years to come. Ask icons Georges Descombes and Jean Foillard, for whom Anthony worked, and they’ll gush about his skilled affinity for natural farming and hands-off winemaking. Ask Beaujolais’s great organic pioneer Jean-Louis Dutraive (of Domaine de la Grand’Cour) or its elusive master Yvon Métras about Anthony, and the word “respect” will float to the top. His first vintage, just six years ago, impressed the inner circles of Beaujolais, and his 2016 confirmed he is a master of Gamay. As his West Coast importer states, Thévenet’s wines combine “lift, structure, and guts,” three qualities in red wine that often compete with each other, but when executed in harmony create the extraordinary. Anthony inherited his first vineyards after the passing of his grandfather and immediately introduced organic farming.

An up and coming young winemaker, Anthony worked for several years with two of the original organic farmers in Beaujolais, Georges Descombes and Jean Foillard. He inherited his grandfather’s 2.11 hectares of vines and started making his own wine in 2013. One of the plots is 100-yearold vines and is used to make his ‘Vieilles Vignes’ wine. In 2014, he took over 1 hectare of vines on Morgon’s famous Côte du Py.

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