Sébastien Morin
Paradoxe, 2019


Grower: Sébastien Morin
Region: Beaujolais, France
Grape Varieties: Gamay
Viticulture: Uncertified Organic
Size: Magnum

It was by chance that on one of the many days Sebastien Morin spent his evening unwinding from his desk job at any number of Parisien wine bars that he met cult Jura winemaker Jean-Marc Brignot, and that the two happened to share a glass, then a bottle, and so on. From there a storied relationship began, with Sebastien nipping down to Jura on the odd weekend to assist in the cellar, and to stand by the press for many long hours with Jean-Marc after harvest. Soon a hobby turned into a necessity, and Sebastien left Paris for the sleepy southern Beaujolais village of Saint-Étienne-des-Oullières where he had acquired a miniscule 1.5ha of vines. And perhaps it’s the very scale of this operation that allows for the production of such immensely precise wines at such an early stage of his career: structure, elegance, and purity prevail in his cuvees, with plenty of room for development but with a sense of completion even in their youth. We hear Jean-Marc flew from Japan to aid in the production of the 18 vintage, but as far as we’re interested these wines speak clearly to Sebastien’s potential as a winemaker in his own right.

Gamay from old vines, planted on sand and granitic soils. A bursting acidity coupled with plump fruit makes it an entirely quaffable wine but would reward it’s buyer for a couple years of cellaring; a hint of reduction blows off in time, but we reckon it’s elements will be in utter harmony for the right, patient, recipient.


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