Chateau Grange Cochard, Cote Du Py Morgon 2011

Recommendation: An Outstanding Beaujolais for those who want more body, richer taste and dryness.

Winery/Producer: Chateau Grange Cochard; Villie Morgon, France.

Grape Variety: Gamay.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Côte Du Py; Morgon, France

Vintage: 2011

Price: $25.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: 1st Tasting: Roast pork; home-made pasta with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese; kale salad with artisan oil and vinegar dressing.

2nd Tasting: Roasted garlic and Brie.


    He said: 1st Tasting: Opened 30-minutes before drinking. VERY dark purple color that’s somewhat opaque. Rich fruit and WONDERFUL mushroom house aromas. Intense, smooth blueberry and plum taste that finishes dry and spicy with lingering fruit flavors. A real WOW Beaujolais. Noteworthy bouquet, unusual juicy dark fruit taste, moderate tannins and a long VERY dry finish with plenty of delicious acidity. Not your ordinary Beaujolais but LOTS of bang for the buck. I love Beaujolais and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s an Outstanding Beaujolais for those who want more body, richer taste and dryness.

    2nd Tasting: Opened 30 minutes before drinking. Clear, very, very dark purple color with a light purple rim. Strong dark fruit and lots of damp earth and wet wood aromas. VERY INTENSE fruity taste that has delicious layers of flavors that go on and on through a long dry, dusty finish. WOW, a fantastic Beaujolais. Intense bouquet, smooth as silk, flavors that knock your socks off and a wonderfully stoniness in the finish. It was good drinking alone but scrumptious paired with the Brie and roasted garlic. When Beaujolais has it together red wine just doesn’t get any better…and this one has it all. An OUTSTANDING Beaujolais that’s a fantastic value for the price.

    She said: 1st Tasting: Finally a Beaujolais with taste and body! I have sat through many dinners with light tasting Beaujolais beloved by Ray but of no interest to me so I am delighted that he found one I can enthusiastically enjoy. The superb fruity bouquet and taste was complemented by a delicious medium-dry finish that went well with the dinner. It’s to expensive to be a bargain wine but it is a VERY GOOD Beaujolais to experience.

    2nd Tasting: This bottle of wine may convert me to a Beaujolais lover. I am not usually fond of these wines but this one was exquisite. The bouquet lasted for every pour of the bottle and was filled with layers of ripe fruity scents. On the palate the wine was full of flavor, dry and had medium body with just enough tannins to keep the wine interesting into the long finish. This is one of those wines that subtly changes as you swallow it so its worth paying attention through out the whole sip. Yum, yum and more yum. Delicious with the cheese, the wine complemented the nutty flavor of the roasted garlic and contrasted with the sweet creamy cheese to provide a gustatory delight. Although not in our “bargain” price range it is a fabulous wine and I strongly recommend it.

    Comments: We first tasted this Beaujolais at a recent Caviste Wine Shop/Nobles Grill wine tasting dinner where it was served with Pork Boudin. It was our favorite wine at the dinner and it was just as good or better at home. However, when we have the next bottle I’ll give it a couple of hours to breath before we drink it.

    Second Tasting Note: We didn’t realize we had previously tasted this wine until we were posting the comments. Because the pairing was so different we’re including our second tasting comments even though they didn’t change very much…it’s noteworthy Beaujolais regardless of the pairing.

Alcohol: 13%

Bar code: NA

Imported by: Weygandt-Metzler; Unionville, Pennsylvania.