Georges Descombes

Georges Descombes grew up working in the vineyard with his vigneron father and drinking the wines of their family friends, including the famed "Gang of Four" of Beaujolais, among which his family's wines were considered an unofficial 5th ; he came to admire the purity and elegance of Marcel Lapierre's wines particularly. Taking over the family winery in 1988, Georges took the farming in an organic direction (now certified) for its 15 hectares (some fruit is sourced as well). Grapes are hand-harvested in whole clusters and fermented with natural yeasts in a cold semi-carbonic maceration which is traditional in Beaujolais; minimal sulfur is used at bottling. The old-vine bottlings are Georges' true passion and receive extra bottle aging before release.

"Georges Descombes is one of the stalwarts of Beaujolais. Inspired by the late Marcel Lapierre in the early 1980s when he worked for his father's bottling company, he is one of the more well-known of the natural producers since taking over the domaine in the hamlet of Vermont from his father in 1988, with all but a half a hectare to his name. Some refer to him as the unofficial fifth member of the "Gang of Four." Nowadays, he farms about 16 hectares in Brouilly, Regnié, Morgon, Beaujolais Villages, Beaujolais and Chiroubles, the vineyard husbandry organic (certified Ecocert) and using just copper and sulfur." -Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, Issue 213, 6/26/14

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Georges Descombes Morgon 2017
An effortless wine from a reference point of minimal intervention Beaujolais – bright and joyful but not light, ripe and fruit driven but also shows serious complexity. Soft and pillowy textured, leaving you wanting more. This might well be the ideal Morgon dollar for dollar...
Item Number: 32951

Georges Descombes Morgon 2016
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Brilliant ruby-red. Spice-accented cherry and raspberry on the nose; a vibrant mineral element builds as the wine opens up. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering gently sweet red/blue fruit flavors and hints of violet and allspice. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on a

Georges Descombes Morgon 2015
93  Decanter 
Decanter 93"A beautifully pastoral wine from a stalwart of minimal intervention Beaujolais – joyful, but far from frivolous. Fleshy, textured black cherry and aromatic turned earth flow from this natural and effortless expression of Morgon. Drinking Window 2017 - 2021" ~ MW