The 2016 Morgon Cuvée 3.14 is a beautiful wine in the making, unfurling in the glass with scents of rose petals, blood orange, sweet wild berries, smoked meats and some subtly reductive top notes that dissipate in the glass. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with a deeper and more reserved profile than Foillard‘s dramatic 2016 Côte du Py, underpinned by succulent acids and framed by powdery tannins. Right now, the gap between the two cuvées isn’t hugely pronounced, but I expect it to open up as time passes and the more concentrated but equally well-balanced 3.14 begins to unwind. 95+/100 William Kelley Issue 244, The Wine Advocate
Now for something quite different. 2016 yielded many great wines, and this will surely enter the pantheon. Gosh it’s expensive, but it is a benchmark in the diplomatic arts of power and complexity. And there’s so much more to give. Notes of hedgerow fruits, potpourri, coal smoke, blood plum, blood orange and wood spice. The aromatics become more pronounced with time in the glass, but I haven’t the patience! There’s a deep core of brooding complexity, that we won’t see for at least another 10 years. Extraordinarily complex fruit profile of red, black and blue fruits. The blood orange element works in tandem with the vibrant acidity – framing, driving and coating the wine from the front of the palate to the finish. There’s coal smoke too, herbs, thyme I think and grippy powdery tannins. How long is this wine going to last? Truly, we don’t know, but it needs at least another ten to reveal itself and possibly live for another twenty yet. Perhaps longer. Only wish we had this in magnum!