Nestling in the Beaujolais hills, the small village of Villié-Morgon has become a mandatory stopping-off point for wine lovers, because of its appeal and its location on the Beaujolais wine route in the heart of the grands crus. The Morgon
AOC dates from 1935, when a National Institute of Appellations of Origin (INAO) decree gave it its birth. The Morgon appellation vineyards are located entirely in Villié-Morgon. They cover 60% of the commune's territory, i.e. 90% of the land under vine. The remainder, on the upper and lower borders of the commune, sits in the Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages AOCs.
The characteristics of the wine of Morgon are mainly derived from its subsoil consisting of disintegrated granite or gore, a mixture of sand and clay, with a predominance of iron oxide which helps the wine to age well. The vineyards range from 220 to 520 metres altitude and face east and south. In order to better define the provenance of the wines, the Morgon Cru appellation area has been split into 6 climats since 1985. These share the same terrain and exposure traits and are known as Les Charmes, Corcelette, Côte du Py, Douby, Les Grands Cras and Les Micouds.
Today, the AOC area for the wines of Morgon covers nearly 1,100 hectares, which are worked by 250 wine producers, best represented by Château de Pizay, Domaine Raymond Bouland, Domaine Louis-Claude Desvignes, Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud and especially Château des Lumières. The sole varietal used in Morgon is, of course, that of the Beaujolais, the Gamay Noir à jus blanc (black Gamay with white juice), from which the producers obtain a ruby-red wine, with predominantly fruity aromas that become more honed over the years.
More informations on the website of the wines of Morgon