Land of the Legendary
Forming a link between the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis can be discovered halfway up the Côte de Nuits. In 1855, the famed Dr Jules Lavalle said it best about Morey-Saint-Denis when he wrote, “it can be said that it lacks nothing”. Perhaps not as well known as the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin, this small appellation still comprises of 20 Premier Cru climats and five Grands Crus which are Bonnes Mares, Clos Saint Denis, Clos de Tart, Clos de la Roche and Clos des Lambrays. For this exceptional village wine, the vines grow on Bajocian limestone and clay-limestone soils, granting the wines the right balance between body and fruit, a taste sensation which lingers on the tongue for what seems like an eternity. A must.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Our Morey-Saint-Denis Vintages
Like an orchestra building to a climactic crescendo, the favored flavors of black and red stone fruits bring a delectable fresh melody of sweetness, while brambles, violets and licorice act as a subtle rhythm section. For those patient enough to wait, with time this wine will develop truffle and game aromas. Full-bodied and structured, Morey-Saint-Denis 2012 oozes confidence and proudly shows off just the right balance between strength of body and expression of fruit. As the rhythm of each sip continues, silky tannins build in harmony with its complex aromas before gently sliding into a finish that is endless, with subtle notes of minerality. It is these same soft tannins that will bring out the meat flavors of an Entrecôte, or thick cut of T-bone steak.
Small Yield, Big Flavors
An almost devastating start to the season. This vintage would prove to be challenge. The earliest days were the most perilous. A Spring frost and a hail storm in June threatened the blossoming of the buds and the safety of the vines. Intense rainfall between April and July, high humidity levels, fungal diseases, rot and, in particular, mildew were some of the other major disruptions the vintage threw Burgundy’s way. Strange and unpredictable weather was the norm: heatwaves, hail, cold springs, thunderstorms, they all made an appearance. The beginning of August, with dry and warm temperatures, saved the vintage for many winemakers and gave the 2012 vintage the softest of soft tannin textures. Despite a low net yield across many vineyards and appellations, the glorious weather that concluded the season ultimately produced a vintage that is both super-concentrated, highly-delectable and highly-collectable.
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