Mahalo inderpal singh, Adam Arlen, Daniel Veit, Michael Markarian, Jeremy Eubanks, Eitan Spivak and Wanda Cole-Nicholson for tiki time tales. Jeremy Eubanks made some important distinctions as to what defines a tiki drink. This is a category that has a clear identity, it's not just any cocktail. Fresh juices, tropical flavors, spice, crushed ice, umbrellas and fun mugs are key. One of my favorites is the Jungle Bird featuring Campari aged rum, lime and pineapple juice.
This week: After hopefully drinking plenty of Beaujolais last week, tell us about the Côte de Py.
Where is it, what is the soil/aspect and name 3 producers.
A lieux dit of the Beaujolais cru of Morgon, situated on southeast facing hillside just outside of the village, the soil is mostly composed of granite with some ferrous shist (with a little maganese bound to the iron) present. Most of the vines are 50+ years old and are incredibly structured for Gamay. Pretty much across the board, the producers are making and selling Cote du Py for an amazing value. Truly world class wine for $20-$40 US. What? Get it in France and it might as well be free for what it delivers!
There are a whole bunch of people producing small lots of this vineyard. Foillard leads the pack. Dominique Piron and Mee Godard also make wines that are available in my market.
Great description! I would also throw in Jean-Louis Desvignes and Stephane Aviron for Cote du Puy producers as well.
Love Cote de Py
used to pour it btg
Chateau des Jacques (owned nowadays by Louis Jadot) is another producer. According to its web-site, the magnanese/iron content of the site allows the wines produced here to be aged for a long time, easily 10 to 20 years given ideal storage conditions.
Cote de Py is one of 6 lieu-dits located within the Cru Morgon of the Beaujolais region of France. The slope is mainly southeast facing, comprised of soils laden with granite dominate along with schists and some maganese. Foillard,Lapierre, Savoye.
Side note: I just visited Mee Godard and her winemaking is very intersting. She des not like any carbonic and undergo a tradional winemaking. She makes her wines in way so that they can aged and are not meant to be drunk young. People in beaujolais think of her as a lone wolf.
Anthony Thevenet inherited a small parcel of Cote de Py from his grandfather. The area is mostly continental with hot summers and cold winters which is great for Gamay. The sandy and rocky soils are known as 'rotten rocks' which bring wonderful unique characteristics and structure to the region. The Cote de Py slope is located along the volcano of Mont Brouilly which is probably considered the best site in Morgan. This famous hill consists of schist, blue granite and volcanic rock delivering some of the most powerful wines.
Recently opened a 2015 Jean Foillard Côte du Py. While I will be so excited to taste those wines with age, it was already exceptionally expressive, earthy, complex and balanced. It's up there with my favorite burgundies at any price point.
I find one subzone or lieu-dit of Côte de Py that crops up a lot (but I'm not sure how it differs necessarily): "Javernières."