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label Georges Dubeouf (France) Morgon Jean Descombes 2001
Morgon is one of the very finest villages of Beaujolais, and Georges Dubeouf one of Beaujolais superstar winemakers, so the omens were good for this wine. There's a good "straight" Morgon from Dubeouf in Majestic that's 50p cheaper, but the Jean Descombes bottling is the one to be on. This wine comes on like a fighting-weight red Burgundy, with a beautifully creamy nose of soft strawberry fruit showing fine ripeness, a rounded, caramel undertow, and hints of truffly complexity. It delivers a serious mouthful of firm red and black fruits, with a liquoricy core and fine tannins. Perfectly balanced and long in the finish, this will benefit from a few years in the cellar, but is an explosive, delicious wine that will instantly convert Beaujolais sceptics. Majestic £7.49