Piron’s 2016 “Côte du Py” reveals a deep ruby core in the glass with magenta-pink hues radiating on the rim. Juicy plums, black cherries, huckleberry, and black raspberry powerfully erupt from the glass followed by endless waves of crushed granite, underbrush, rose petals, pepper, purple flowers, and subtle touches spice. The palate is classically Morgon, revealing grippy structure and power alongside supple fruit and minerality. It’s bold, concentrated, and so incredibly savory—but it's nowhere near its top performing level. Given the proper time, it will blossom into a superstar. This truly is one of the finest age-worthy Beaujolais wines on the market, especially so at $25, and with the 2016 vintage, Piron has reached levels I’ve never witnessed. As mentioned, consume a couple in the near future (after a 60 minute decant), but save the majority for years down the road. It will start showing its true colors in 2020, but won’t reach its absolute peak until 2025—if you have the strength of mind, anytime after that is just an added bonus. This “Côte du Py” is screaming for a classic dish so treat it to a traditionally paired coq au vin and enjoy to your heart’s content. Cheers!