Morgon - Roche Noire 2008 - 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

Budbreak happened relatively late, around the 20th of April on average. The weather that spring was particularly unstable, with heavy rainfall but average temperatures. These conditions are particularly conducive to the establishment of fungal diseases, and the damp, dull summer that ensued meant that the vineyards had to be carefully monitored. Luckily, the weather improved dramatically as harvest season approached: September brought ideal conditions in the form of a drying north wind and plenty of sunshine to finish off the ripening process. Harvest kicked off on 18 September and took place under sunny skies. Although vegetative growth was delayed in 2008, the wines themselves are of good quality, with relatively high levels of acidity demanding some cellaring time before the wines flesh out and reveal themselves in their full glory.


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