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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Morgon, important beaujolais cru which encompasses about 1,100 ha/2,717 acres of vines around the commune of Villié-Morgon. The wines produced are considered notably denser and longer lived than most Cru Beaujolais and the appellation has even been used as a verb, as in describing the process by which a young Beaujolais becomes more like a Pinot Noir-dominated red burgundy with time in bottle: il morgonne. Soils here are more weathered and the total ripeness is likely to be greater than in most crus, although some consider that only the wines made on the ex-volcanic cone known as Côte de Py just south of Villié-Morgon have the real depth traditionally associated with Morgon.