I love it when a concise wine title tells you so much, the 2011 Château Pizay Morgon, right away identifies the specific grounds in Morgon produced the wine. No elaborate titles or trickery. As time changes, this is a wine that you can reliably use to set your watch to.
On the Nose: Raspberry, stone fruit and some notes of black pepper.
The Gulp: Very clean and fresh strawberry, with discreet tannins. A wonderfully satisfying wine that you can enjoy without feeling you need to dissect ad nauseam – but with more than sufficient elegance to assure you that you are enjoying proper, serious wine.
What makes this wine serious and whimsical at the same time, isn’t a coincidence it is a passion. Pascal Dufaitre, who manages the wine operations at the Château de Pizay is passionate about wines. He can talk about wine from a number of regions in France, which isn’t necessarily the case with many French winemakers. The range of distance their palates travel is often quite limited. But his concern is squarely on the parcel of land guarded by the imposing structure which serves as the Beaujolais’ highest priced hotel. He has certainly served his wine to thousands of tourists, journalists and bloggers like myself over the stretch of his career – but he still had the excitement of a child at Christmas as we tasted through ten or so of his Château de Pizay wines from different plots in and around Morgon like St Lager and even a cru Régnié. He hosted us for a supper where some older vintages were opened and again that passion and exhuberance was able to shine through.
Musical Match: Alright this wine is not Canadian, but substitute Château Pizay for Canada in the lyrics for Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You – a title that his some fine wine double entendre. Also, this song is elegant and playful. Enjoy this great piece of music. Château Pizay Morgon gets “A Hit!” status, congrats.
Special thanks to Inter Beaujolais for providing all transportation, hotels, meals and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of the Beaujolais wine region of France during a four day tour. The wine discussed in this blog entry was tasted during that promotional tour.