Whilst this is a very old property and chateau the new owners (since 2008) have in a very short time established themselves among the very top producers of this highly prized appellation. With a relatively small vineyard area of just 6.5 hectares of very old and established vines to tend to, the care and attention to detail here has been very impressive yielding widespread critical acclaim.
All of their vineyards are located very close to their winery and chateau and their vineyards are all farmed organically (not certified). For vinification after hand picking into small cases and careful sorting the vinifications are made in a classic way with ferments taking place in cement tanks and then ageing in a mixture of foudres and barrels keeping the wine on lees until bottling around 9-12 months after harvest. These are wines of purity and generosity evident from very old vines. The wines demand some time to show their best (as most top Morgon wines do).
2016 Morgon Vieilles Vignes
From 40-70 year old vines grown on ancient stony-clay decomposed granite alluvial soils just across the road from the Château. Vinification of whole bunches, followed by a 2-3 week fermentation and maturation in old 3000 litre foudres. Elegant and fresh and pure, never heavy.
‘Château Grange Cochard’s 2016 Morgon Vieilles Vignes has blossomed beautifully since I last tasted it during my visit to the estate last March. The wine is pure and nicely sappy in its sophisticated bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, a fine base of soil elements, bitter chocolate, that same touch of juniper berry I found last year and a topnote of bonfires. On the palate the wine is pure, focused, full-bodied and sports excellent mid-palate depth, with still a bit of backend tannin (this is a proper Morgon for aging after all!), good acids and excellent balance and grip on the long and complex finish. Fine, fine juice. 2019-2040.’ 92+ points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, January 2019.
‘A worthy successor to the excellent 2015, though cut from more classical cloth, the 2016 Morgon Vieilles Vignes offers up appealing aromas of Griotte cherry, raw cocoa and candied peel. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, glossy and pure, with tangy acids, melting tannins and a concentrated core of fruit. Drink 2018-2026.’ 91 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate, September 2018.
2016 Morgon Côte du Py
From old vines grown at the very top of the most renowned terroir of Morgon, the Côte du Py, on the crushed blue schist of the ancient volcano. Predominantly de-stemmed, followed by a 2-3 week fermentation and maturation in a mix of barrique and larger format oak.
‘The Château Grange Cochard 2016 Côte du Py is also an outstanding wine and the year in the bottle since I last tasted it has done nothing to dissuade me from the supposition that this is one of the wines of the vintage! The bouquet is pure and classy, offering up scents of red and black cherries, woodsmoke, raw cocoa, emerging notes of gamebird, fine mineral undertow, gentle floral tones and still that touch of orange peel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent focus and grip, suave tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. Great juice from a great terroir in a superb vintage- what is not to like! 2022-2060.’ 94+ points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, January 2019.
‘Aromas of cherries, pomegranate and dried flowers mingle with subtle soil tones in a complex bouquet, introducing the 2016 Morgon Côte du Py, a medium to full-bodied, velvety wine with a deep, multidimensional mid-palate, considerable concentration and tangy balancing acids, concluding with a long finish. This is a terrific Côte du Py from James and Sarah Wilding, and it is well worth seeking out. Drink 2018-2030.’ 94 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate September 2018.
2015 Morgon Vieilles Vignes
’The terrific 2015 Morgon Vieilles Vignes offers up beautiful aromas of cherry pit, rose petal and raspberries. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and nicely concentrated, with good juicy, balancing acids, fine-grained tannins and a youthfully chewy, well-defined finish. It's a bit more taut than the richer, more lavish Côte du Py, and I'd be inclined to give it a year or two of bottle age before pulling corks in earnest. Drink 2018-2030.’ 91 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate, June 2018.
‘The 2015 Morgon “Vieilles Vignes” from Château Grange Cochard is a ripe example of the vintage, coming in listed at fourteen percent octane, but probably slightly exceeding this level. The nose is deep, sappy and exuberant, offering up scents of black cherries, sweet dark berries, a touch of balsam bough, chocolate, a touch of mustard seed, lovely soil tones and a bit of apricot in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with ripe, firm tannins, good focus and grip and a very long, primary and cool finish. Like many of the top 2015s, this is structured and will need some time in the cellar to come around, but it manages its ripeness beautifully and will be an excellent wine when it is ready to drink. Drink 2021-2045.’ 91+ points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, October 2017.
2015 Morgon Les Charmes
From vines up to 100 years old, grown on soft pink granite in Les Charmes, the highest climat in Morgon, reaching over 400m. Fully de-stemmed, followed by a 2-3 week fermentation and maturation in 3-4 year old French oak barriques.
‘The 2015 Morgon Les Charmes is utterly irresistible, bursting from the glass with extravagant aromas of ripe black cherries, mulberries and violets, lifted by a subtle hint of balsamic reduction. On the palate, it's full-bodied, textural and voluptuous, with velvety, melting tannins and a generous core of succulent, tangy fruit that never strays over into over-ripeness. The result is a Morgon that's simultaneously gourmand and refreshing, exemplifying the particular kind of deliciousness it was possible to capture in the 2015 vintage. Drink 2018-2028.’ 94 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate, June 2018.
‘An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, Indian spices and minerals, along with an exotic touch of incense that emerges with air. In a nervy, elegant style for a rich vintage, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry, cherry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show very good depth as well as finesse. A spine of juicy acidity adds lift and focus to an impressively long, floral-dominated finish framed by supple, harmonious tannins. Drink 2021-2027.’ 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2018.
2015 Morgon Côte du Py (just a few magnums left in stock)
’The 2015 Morgon Côte du Py is superb, revealing a lavish and beautifully pure bouquet in which aromas of ripe black cherries and dried flowers mingle with subtle notions of licorice and rich soil. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and textural, with a layered core, incredibly fine tannin and a succulent, precise finish. One senses the ripeness of the vintage, but there isn't a trace of sur maturité in this wonderfully complete, harmonious Morgon. Enjoy it over the next decade or more. Drink 2018-2030.’ 93 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate, June 2018.
‘The 2015 Côte du Py from Château Grange Cochard is also a big, bold and ripe example of the vintage, offering up a sappy bouquet of black cherries, chocolate, cassis, dark soil tones, a touch of squab and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with a very fine structural chassis, moderate tannins, fine focus and a long, nascently complex and very nicely balanced finish. There is more backend soil signature here than in the Vieilles Vignes and this should make fine old bones. A very impressive 2015! Drink 2017-2050.’ 93 points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, October 2017.
2014 Morgon Vieilles Vignes
‘Bright violet. Pungent dark berries, violet and a hint of candied licorice on the highly perfumed nose. Sweet and penetrating, offering intense blackberry and cherry flavors that unfold and pick up a spicy element with air. Powerful yet lithe, showing strong closing thrust and smooth, even tannins that build slowly and add shape. I suspect that this wine will enjoy a long, steady curve at maturity. Drink 2018-2023.’ 92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2017.
2014 Morgon Côte du Py
‘Deep ruby. Mineral-accented cherry and blackberry aromas are underscored by a spicy element that gains strength as the wine opens up. Sappy and penetrating, offering sweet dark berry flavors with complicating suggestions of star anise and violet. The spice and floral qualities build steadily through an impressively long, sappy finish, which is framed by harmonious tannins that fold easily into the intense fruit. Drink 2018-2023.’ 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2017.
2013 Morgon Les Charmes
’The 2013 Morgon “les Charmes” from Château Grange Cochard is a beautiful bottle of Morgon that is already quite accessible, but with the underlying chassis of structure to also age long and gracefully. The pure and sappy nose offers up scents of black cherries, granite, woodsmoke, a bit of espresso, fresh thyme and a hint of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent soil inflection, a bit of firm tannin, tangy acids and outstanding length and grip on the complex and very classic finish. Fine, fine Morgon. Drink 2015-2040+.’ 93 points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, July 2015.
‘Brilliant ruby. Sexy, mineral- and spice-accented black raspberry and cherry aromas pick up a licorice nuance with air. Smooth and expansive, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors that become livelier and sweeter on the back half. The spicy quality drives a very long, juicy finish shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins that don't get in the way of the assertive fruit. Drink 2017-2022.’ 92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, July 2016.
2013 Morgon Côte du Py
‘Sarah and James Wilding have done marvelous things at Château Grange Cochard since they purchased the estate in 2008, and their 2013s are clearly the finest wines I have yet tasted from this fine husband and wife team. The 2013 Côte du Py, which hails from old vines at the very pinnacle of the vineyard, is flat out stunning, soaring from the glass in a blaze of black cherries, pomegranate, superb minerality, a touch of youthful pepper, bitter chocolate and a smoky top-note. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and nicely structured, with a rock solid core, great transparency, tangy acids, moderate tannins and great length and grip on the youthful and very, very promising finish. A classic bottle of Côte du Py in the making, all this wine needs is a bit of bottle age to really start hitting on all cylinders. Drink 2017-2040+.' 93 points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, July 2015.
‘Deep ruby. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, star anise, floral pastilles and smoky minerals. Stains the palate with sweet boysenberry, cherry and candied violet flavors that are sharpened and given spine by a strong jolt of juicy acidity. Powerful yet lithe, offering outstanding finishing energy; smooth, even tannins come in late to add frame and grip to the wine's powerful fruit. Drink 2018-2023.’ 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, July 2016.