Anthony Thevenet is a 28-year-old vigneron that has the fortune of playing with vines in Morgon that were planted as far back as the American Civil War- yes, 150-year-old vines. As he slowly builds up his production from his family’s estate he spends his days working in the cellar of Jean-Marc Foillard, a job that followed an apprenticeship with another reputable producer, Georges Descombes. He works similarly in the vineyards like his teachers, without herbicides or pesticides, and works the soil around his vines by hand. He follows the principles of the natural wine movement but the wines remain strikingly clear from many flaws that adorn wines in this movement. He is someone to watch as he refines his ideas over a very long lifespan ahead in wine. His first vintage was produced in 2013.
Lay Of The Land
Anthony Thevenet was raised around his grandfather’s vineyards in Morgon. When his grandfather passed away Anthony inherited 3 ha of vines, and most recently in 2014, he inherited a parcel in Côte du Py. Morgon is easily one of the most celebrated cru names in Beaujolais and is situated right in the heart of Beaujolais. With a semi-continental climate, which enjoys long, hot summers and cold winters, the region is perfect for the Gamay grape. The sandy and rocky soils, known as “rotton rocks”, of Morgon provide a certain structure and richness that is rarely matched by other crus. The famous hill of Cote du Py has a unique soil type that is mostly composed of schist, blue granite and volcanic rock produces the most powerful examples of Beaujolais. Morgon may be the Beaujolais’ quintessential village.