Morgon - Roche Noire 2011 - 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 Cte 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

Early budbreak and vigorous vegetative growth brought on by warm, sunny weather. A rainy, cold July slowed growth and replenished reserves of water. A few rain showers around the 20th of August were followed by a September marked by sunny days and cool nights, which created the ideal conditions for the bunches to ripen fully, concentrating both acidity and flavours. Picking began on the 27th of August with the earliest-ripening parcels, and the grapes were both balanced and high in anthocyanins. The subsequent har vest took place under sunny skies and at moderate temperatures. The bunches were extremely healthy, and vinification progressed smoothly. The wines are rich and generous, without any harsh angles, and already show great depth. Rich fr uit is balanced by silky, fine-gained tannins and fresh acidity, resulting in a vibrant, dynamic wine. 2011 is a vintage that will age beautifully, although its generosity and charm will permit these wines to be enjoyed in their youth.


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