Morgon - Roche Noire 2005 - 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

Winter was cold and dry, with frequent frosts. Early spring was not promising, with heavier rainfalls than the average over the course of the past 30 years. Nevertheless, the temperatures were gentle enough to promote budbreak. Temperatures climbed dramatically towards the end of Mai, and June was sunny and hot, with temperatures averaging 3șC above the norm. July continued in the same vein, with veraison kicking off towards the end of the month. The same month saw a virtual drought, with rainfall of 20% compared to the average. However, the summer temperatures of 2005 were more moderate than those of 2003. By September, temperatures were 2.5șC above average, but the night temperatures remained cool. This heat, in combination with the lack of rainfall, favoured the ripening of perfectly healthy grapes, and this has resulted in an exceptional vintage, judged by many to be the best for many decades. Harvest began on 13 September.


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