Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Localization: Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: This year was as a rainy year. However, September in Burgundy was very sunny and the harvest was carried out at the end of the month in very good conditions. A new winery and a controlled evolution of the vinifications (the first from Stéphane) have revealed this vintage; concentration, freshness, fruity.
Notes: Vines pruned in Guyot. The branches are crushed and spread on the ground to improve aeration and its microbial life. These plots have always been maintained only by plowing. Pruning, wood pulling, lifting, leaf stripping, as well as harvest are among the main works carried out by hand.
Manual harvest, maceration for 5 to 7 days, fermentation with indigenous yeasts at controlled temperature (max 33 ° C), punching down and pumping over. The aging is done for 12 months in barrels (35% new barrels, first sedimentation), racking, then 2 to 3 months of aging in stainless steel tanks, (second sedimentation), then bottled without fining and generally without filtration.
The Domain: Coming from the historic center of Clos-Saint-Denis, this old plot, with a very calcareous basement, produces more millerandais grapes. Plot planted in 1971-1973.
While Morey-St-Denis might not get the same attention as its neighbors, Gevrey-Chambertin to the north and Chambolle-Musigny to the south, there is no reason why it shouldn’t. The same line of limestone runs from the Combe de Lavaux in Gevrey—all the way through Morey—ending in Chambolle.
There are four grand cru vineyards, moving southwards from the border with Gevrey-Chambertin: Clos de la Roche, Clos St-Denis, Clos des Lambrays, Clos de Tart and a small segment of Bonnes-Mares overlapping from Chambolle. Clos de la Roche is probably the finest vineyard, giving wines of true depth, body, and sturdiness for the long haul than most other vineyards.
Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis is known for its deep red cherry, blackcurrant and blueberry fruit. Aromas of spice, licorice and purple flowers are present in the wines’ youth, evolving to forest and game as the wine ages.