One of Beaujolais's Major Talents - 2011 Bouland Morgon Corcelette & Delys

Posted by Joe Salamone

"One of Beaujolais's major as well as most consistent talents."
2011 Bouland Morgon
Delys & Corcelette

In 2009 Daniel Bouland went from unknown to the guy everyone was talking about.

In no time at all, he's become one of Beaujolais' TOP producers.

That was the 2008 vintage and what brought all the attention was David Schildknecht placing one of Bouland's 2008s as THE wine of the vintage.

2008 was one of the most difficult vintages of the past decade in Beaujolais. The fact that this was Bouland's break-out vintage testifies to the estate's exacting standards.

The last few years have justified Schildknecht's initial reviews; in fact, by now, among the (always growing) legions of people who are seriously collecting top Cru Beaujolais, Bouland has been put on the short list, right there with Métras, Roilette, etc.

As David Schildknecht now writes: "It's clear by now that Daniel Bouland is one of Beaujolais's major as well as most consistent talents."

Today, we go right to the top, offering out Bouland's two most collectible wines, the 2011 Corcelette and Delys. (At just over $20 and serious enough to cellar for 5-10+ years, why not start at the top?)

Calling the style here a game-changer may be too strong (though that was first word that came to mind). Bouland does offer a very different style of Beaujolais. This is Beaujolais with a staining intensity, grip and a muscular streak of granite minerality.

As a point of reference for the style, think of the meaty depths of Roilette's cuvee Tardive, but then, make it more stylish, turn up the extract a bit. Bouland makes hearty, ageworthy Morgons with complexity to spare, with detail and an interesting combination of rusticity and flash.

To start with the Corcelette, it's sourced from a lieu-dit, which you may know from Foillard's bottling of the same name. Corcelette is a site of sandy granite. Bouland's version is much more powerful than Foillard's, but the site's style remains: it's elegant with effusive aromatics of flowers, granite, and spice.

In contrast, Delys is more about muscle and staining intensity. It comes from 85-year-old vines and produces Bouland's most structured and ageworthy wine.

The Delys shows off dark berry fruit, smoke and spice along with pretty, floral top notes. It all gets wrapped around an energetic mineral core draped in gentle but persistent tannins. And it's all rendered with clarity and precision.

In the 2011 vintage, both of Bouland's wines show the year's combination of flesh and freshness. There's the concentration and structure to age for the next five to ten years and likely longer. Expect those savory, mineral notes to gain interest over this time.

Needless to say, Bouland has a huge fan club. However, quantities are very small. Please give us your maximum order and we'll allocate if necessary.

To order, reply to this email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits