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Located in the historic capitol of Beaujolais, Beaujeu, Domaine de Bel-Air has been producing superb Beaujolais since 1840. Today the estate is ran by Jean-Marc Lafont, who, since 1992 has used eco-friendly vine techniques (HVE certified) with minimal intervention to produce healthy, natural grapes. Jean-Marc produces impressive well-built fruit forward wines, and deserves to heralded amongst the Beaujolais elite.
2018 was a near perfect vintage, much like 2015 the wines are well built and have great aging potential. The 2018 Domaine de Bel-Air Morgon Les Charmes is a well built wine with some aging potential. Coming from hand harvested, 50 year old vine, the wine is rich with fine tannins and a staggering long finish. This 2018 Beaujolais is a perfect backyard wine best enjoyed while flipping burgers on the grill underneath the warmth of the sun.
Aging: In vats and barrels for 8 months.
Tasting Notes: This wine dons a deep garnet red robe and gives off ripe stone fruit aromas including cherry, peach, apricot and plum. Well-built, this rich, powerful and fleshy wine comes from soils made up of really ancient schist and eruptive rock. A wine to lay down, suited to 5 to 10 years’ cellaring.
Some deeper aromas here with darker fruit and mineral notes, leading to a palate that has impressive density and rich dark berries. Long, stony finish. Really rich. Drink or hold. ~93JS
One of the top climates, or vineyard sites, of Morgon has delivered this richly endowed wine. Firm tannins are still very present, giving serious structure to the wine at this stage. It will always have a framework, but black-currant flavors will develop well to give an attractive wine from 2021. ~92WE
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