Domaine Mee Godard - Morgon Corcelette 2021


Mee Godard moved to the Beaujolais and launched her domaine in 2013 with three very special climats of Morgon: Corcelette, Grand Cras, and Côte du Py. Since then she has had one goal in mind: to make vin de garde from great terroirs. 

The Beaujolais is one of the few places in France where an aspiring vigneron can bootstrap the start of their own winery. We aren't using the word "bootstrap" lightly either. Mee Godard is a one woman show that prunes, farms, and runs a precise cellar. She is poised to be a big part of our perception of Morgon as the identity of Beaujolais continues to evolve with a new generation.

An oenologist by training, Mee Godard realized her dream by taking over the plots of an old winemaker (André Meyran) without heirs in 2012. She ended up with 1.7 ha (4.2 acre) of Morgon, Côte du Py, 2.3 ha (5.7 acre) of Morgon, Corcelette, and 1 ha (2.5 acre) of Morgon, Grand Cras and her small estate comprised of very old vines in the best terroirs of Morgon was born in 2013. She added a cuvée from Moulin-à-Vent in 2016 and makes a small amount of Beaujolais Blanc.

She likes wines with not a lot of extraction, where there is tannin and longer aging in wood. She describes her style as vin de garde - quality wine for aging. But these are certainly the modern style of Gamay from Morgon, achieving mineral complexity and roundness thanks to Burgundian-style whole bunch pressing and partial destem.

Mee prefers to use a fair amount of whole bunches. It depends on the vintage and the parcel but she usually de-stems only about half of the fruit. The length of her macerations vary but on average last 12 to 16 days in cement. She is aging her wines in a combination of vessels, always searching for the perfect balance of each for any given vineyard. She has mostly neutral barrels, foudre and demi-muids in her cellar.

The Corcelette vineyard is on south-east-facing granite slopes from two vineyards called Bellevue and Montillet. The vines, an average of 70 years old, are planted very densely at 11,000 vines/ha (4,500 vines/acre) and gobelet trained.

"This is a really subtle and complex Morgon that's sleek, concentrated and pristine with a slew of delicate red berry, floral and savory aromas. Very long, focused finish with stacks of stony minerality that give it wonderful tension and an austere elegance. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." - 94 points, James Suckling


Producer: Domaine Mee Godard

Country: France

Region: Burgundy

Varietal: Gamay

Appellation: Morgon

Vintage: 2021

Size: 750ml