Daniel Bouland's Striking 2022 Beaujolais

by Hugh French | Mar 16, 2024


Daniel Bouland

"...This estate continues to represent a reference point for the Beaujolais."
William Kelley, The Wine Advocate



The almost hermit-like Daniel Bouland has again assembled a fascinating collection of Beaujolais from his small holdings in Morgon. Impressively true to the 'old school' Beaujolais ways of viticulture, Bouland tends his vines in solitude, coaxing them to produce some of the region's most striking Gamay.

Bouland's 2022s offer incredibly deep fruit underpinned by scintillating structure and cool minerality. Put simply, they aredelicious and exceedingly great value. These are wines that have garnered an almost fanatical cult following, and deservedly so.

All wines below are available now at our special offer prices for the next seven days only. To place your order, simply click on the links below or contact us by email, or by phone on 03 9419 6990.



2022 Chiroubles 'Chatenay'
750ml Usually $59 - Special Offer $54

Magnum Usually $124 - Special Offer $115

"Perched between Morgon and Fleurie at around 400 metres above sea level, the vineyards of Chiroubles are the highest in Beaujolais. The vines sit on the upper slopes and, in general, produce a Beaujolais that is all “lacy texture and sleek charm”, to quote Gerald Asher. Bouland’s Chiroubles has a bit more stuffing than that. It comes from a 0.65-hectare parcel of 35- to 45-year-old vines on the steep, ridged incline of Chatenay, which has Cru’s typical granite and sandstone soils. Protected by a nearby forest, it’s a warm, north-facing site. So much perfume here, woven with berries, flowers, earth and stoney scents. Already a model of irresistibility, it is overflowing with flavour and freshness."
Importer Notes



2022 Cote de Brouilly 'Cuvee Melanie'
Usually $59 - Special Offer $54

"Named after Daniel Bouland’s daughter, Cuvée Mélanie is drawn from a small, steep, half-hectare plot on the slopes of Mont Brouilly. The 70-year-old vines are rooted on the area’s famous terres bleu (blue-tinted volcanic soils) within the lieu-dit of Tête Noire, directly above Château Thivin. The blue schist lends the wines of this Cru their unique mineral profile. Bouland’s 0.8-hectare parcel is planted at 12,000 vines per hectare. As with all of Bouland’s cuvées, this is a wine born from low yields and natural, whole-bunch fermentation.

As you would expect from this terroir, it’s more baritone than Chiroubles, sporting darker, plusher fruit and deeper spice notes. Regardless, it’s super fine; that core of lip-smacking mineralised blue fruit is perfectly framed by refreshing chalky tannin. "
Importer Notes


2022 Morgon 'Corcelette'
Usually $59 - Special Offer $54

"This wine is the first of three cuvées focusing on Corcelette’s sandy, granitic soils. This soil generates wines of great perfume and finer, rounder tannins than those of Morgon’s more schist-influenced terroirs. Bouland separates his so-called ‘younger’ vines in this area (60 years on average, so hardly young!) from his very oldest bush vines, which are bottled under the Vieilles Vignes label.

Like all Bouland’s wines, this fermented as whole bunches with indigenous yeasts, with the must foot trodden at the end to prolong the fermentation. This is a superb start to a stunning set of 2022 Morgons. It’s packed with silky red fruit, wet rock and a twist of inky reduction, and has a seamless structure that is already incredibly seductive. Wonderful balance and purity, this is a simply gorgeous and impressively focused release."
Importer Notes



2022 Morgon 'Delys'
750ml Usually $59 - Special Offer $54

Magnum Usually $124 - Special Offer $115

"The lieu-dit Les Délys is part of the Corcelette climat located downslope from Bellevue and right behind Bouland’s residence and winery—it’s his back garden if you like. Again, Bouland splits his vines into two cuvées: an old-vine cuvée raised in foudre and this younger-vine version raised in concrete. The vines were planted in 1978 and 1980 in the deep granitic sand typical of Les Délys, which brings roundness and Burgundy-like texture to the wines. It’s the most detailed and refined wine so far, and while the structure is a smidge firmer than the Corcelette, there’s so much juicy flavour and succulence that you hardly notice. It closes with a pop of freshness—an invigorating counterpoint in this wine’s long, gripping finish. Again, not that we should complain, the pricing is wildly out of sync with the quality."
Importer Notes


2022 Morgon 'Bellevue' (Cailloux)
(Magnum Only)
Usually $124 - Special Offer $115

"Most of Daniel Bouland’s old bush vines are rooted in the Morgon climat of Corcelette, in hilly Haut-Morgon to the northwest of the appellation. Within this area, there are several lieux-dits that Bouland now bottles separately, and Bellevue is one of these. It’s a particularly stony (cailloux means stones) southeast-facing site, with plenty of schist running through the granitic, sandy base soil (much like in Côte du Py). The plethora of rock on the surface traps and radiates warmth, and, as a result, this is Bouland’s earliest-ripening site. The vines were planted in 1951 and 1987. This is made the same way as the Bellevue Sable wine—natural, whole-bunch ferment, concrete tank maturation and no fining—though the vines are on different rootstocks (420A rootstock in this case, specifically designed for terroirs that are very stony and have no topsoil). Also, the vines are a touch older than in the Sable cuvée."
Importer Notes



2022 Morgon 'Bellevue' (Sable)
(Magnum Only)
Usually $124 - Special Offer $115

"As mentioned, Bouland’s Bellevue soils are split into two cuvées—one for the sand (Sable) and one for the stones (Cailloux). These two parcels are only separated by a small track, yet, as Bouland points out: “The soil is completely different.” Terroir. Not only does the weathered sandy granite differ from the Cailloux parcel, but the slope is steeper, and the 40- to 50-year-old vines are on a specific low-yielding rootstock called Vialla—a stock well adapted to sandy, granitic or deep argilo-siliceous soils. Tasted side-by-side, the Sable cuvée is the more giving of the two wines, with a greater width and juicier tannins than the Cailloux bottling. Regardless, the wine retains mouth-watering energy and finishes with superb, pour-me-another-glass intensity."
Importer Notes


2022 Morgon 'Pre Jourdan'
(Magnum Only)
Usually $124 - Special Offer $115

"This is our second allocation from Bouland’s recently acquired parcel in the lieu-dit Pré Jourdan, which sits on the Morgon-Fleurie border. Bouland now farms a tiny parcel of 70-year-old vines, just enough to fill a single large cask (a youngish Rousseau foudre in this case). The soils here are predominantly granitic sand—although they run deeper than in Bellevue and Corcelette—providing Bouland with a fleshier and very aromatic Morgon to add to the range."
Importer Notes



All wines above are available now at our special offer prices for the next seven days only. To place your order, simply click on the links below or contact us by email, or by phone on 03 9419 6990.





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