Morgon - Roche Noire 2004 - Wine


Roche Noire
Roche Noire

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Morgon "Roche Noire"

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

This parcel, which is situated at the base of the Côte du Py, is made up of volcanic rock, basalt and clay. The topsoil here is deeper than it is at higher elevations in Morgon.

Vinification

Picked and sorted by hand, then de-stemmed, the grapes macerate slowly over the course of three or four weeks. Indigenous yeasts are used throughout the fermentation period, and extraction by means of both plunging and pumping over takes place on a regular basis.

Maturing and bottling

The wines are aged in our historic cellar for 10 months. Half is aged in oak barrels, the other half in stainless steel tanks. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Alliers, the Limousin and the Nivernais.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

Power and weight are the chief characteristics of wines from ‘Roche-Noire'. Gamay's supple tannins lend this wine a long, taut finish. The perfect match for charcuterie, white meats and cheeses.

Conservation

The wine needs two or three years to reach its peak, and can then age comfortably for several decades.

The Vintage

After a prolonged winter, spring was cool and rainy. The cold weather threatened the annual vineyard cycle right up until the start of May. From that point onwards until the start of July, conditions for healthy vine growth were propitious: heat spikes helped to bring on vegetative growth, resulting in a slightly early flowering than usual and leading growers to expect generous yields. The weather during August - moderate sunshine, high degrees of diurnal temperature fluctuations and regular rainfall - led to poor fruit set, thereby curbing yields naturally. Sadly, these conditions also disturbed the ripening process. The harvest started on 18 September. The upshot is that 2004 is a classic vintage in terms of its early ripening, although yields were still relatively high. Quality was determined by the amount of work done to curb the vines' vigour and yield in order to avoid harvesting under-ripe grapes that would create dilute wines. This is a vintage with plenty of fruit and freshness, but perhaps not one for the long haul.


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