Morgon

Roches Noires

Color / Grapes

Red/Gamay

Region

Beaujolais

Appellation

Morgon

Features

This wine is a blend made from three vineyards within the appellation of Morgon: Côte du Py and Roche Noire, both lying on dark volcanic soils resulting from an ancient volanic activity. Diorite is a blue stone rich in minerals retaining both heat and some water. The blend is completed with a parcell of Bellevue, a 430m high hill of pink granite soil facing East.

Vinification

Picked and sorted by hand, then often de-stemmed, the grapes macerate slowly over the course of three or four weeks. Some pigeage and pumping take place during the fermentation period, according to the vintage.

Winemaking and bottling

The wines are aged for 10 months in concrete tank and in oak barrels, in our historic cellar ; new oak, one, two and three vintages old barrels. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Allier, Limousin and Nivernais.

Tasting / Food pairing

This Morgon individual character originates from the rich volcanic soils on which it grows. Although firm and powerful, the tannins show the Gamay typical suppleness. This deep wine with violet aromas will perfectly match all sorts of dishes with great personality.

Preservation

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

Vintage

The rainiest winter in 60 years allowed the water tables to replenish which will become salutary later in the season.
A dry and sunny spring will give birth to the first flowers at the end of May. From the 13 of June drought and record temperatures will establish and last until the harvest time. These extreme conditions pushed us to harvest on the 30th of August. Maturity of the grapes was perfect. The high temperature implied to harvest at the earliest hours and allocate quickly our resources to pick at the right time for each parcel. The resulting wines are still fresh and balanced with deep colour and a generous complexity.

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