2021 was a dire year for Burgundy, late frosts in April followed by snow and then an unusually damp, cool, cloudy summer saw some producers losing up to 80% of their crops. It was Burgundy’s whites that suffered the most as Chardonnay vines bud earlier than the Pinot Noir vines responsible for red burgundy. As such, lovers of white Burgundy are snapping up back vintages of their favourite wines to keep their cellars stocked.
Despite supplies of older Burgundy vintages now drying up, we have been fortunate enough to secure a number of cases from the outstanding Domaine Marc Morey’s 2018 vintage. These are in stock and immediately available.
As noted by the Wine Advocate, Domaine Marc Morey has been “quietly going about producing some of Chassagne’s finest whites” for the last hundred years. Upon his return from fighting in WW1, Fernand Morey founded the estate in 1919. Marc Morey took over in 1944 following his father’s death, with the holdings growing over subsequent generations. Today the estate is run by Marc’s granddaughter, Sabine Mollard, who has promoted the virtues of lutte raisonée, or sustainable viticulture, in all of her vineyards, ensuring the best grapes reach her wines with minimal intervention, using natural or organic treatments only when absolutely necessary.
“Sabine Mollard is one of the unsung heroes in Chassagne-Montrachet… extremely consistent in recent years and a bit of a “hidden secret” – so just keep it between us.” Neal Martin – Vinous
Today we have three 1er Cru single vineyard offerings for you today from this renowned estate:
Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot:
Marc Morey is the only domaine that farms and bottles the 2.1 hectare premier cru ‘En Virondot’. The vineyard is one of the highest in Chassagne-Montrachet at 350 meters. Beneath the shallow topsoil the vineyard sits on a bed of chalk that imparts minerality and texture to the wines. Sabine Mollard says this vineyard has the greatest aging potential of all her premier cru bottlings.
The 2018 comes “highly recommended” from Vinous’ Neal Martin, who awards 92-94 points.
Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes:
Les Chenevottes 1er Cru benefits from a gravelly soil that offers good drainage. The ground is rich in limestone, which gives flinty minerality to the wines. With a slight angle towards the south-east and plenty of sun, the grapes of Les Chenevottes have plenty of time to ripen over the growing season, while cooler nights help with the retention of acidity.
Neal Martin finds this 2018 vintage “beautifully balanced” and “very promising”, awarding 91-93 points.
Domaine Marc Morey Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts:
Les Referts’ position at the base of a slope means that the soil is deeper and richer here. This clayey earth has a high proportion of iron and the wines are more muscular than most Puligny-Montrachet as a result.
Neal Martin describes “a very well-crafted Les Referts that should age well in bottle” – 92-94 points.
With Burgundy, particularly white Burgundy, in high demand at the moment, this is an excellent opportunity to add something special to your cellar whilst stocks last!
|Marc Morey 2018s||Unit||Price per Unit||Score|
|Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot||6 x 75cl||£280.00||92-94 NM|
|Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes||6 x 75cl||£280.00||91-93 NM|
|Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts||6 x 75cl||£335.00||92-94 NM|
Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot 2018
92-94 Points | Vinous – Neal Martin
The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Virondot 1er Cru has a knockout bouquet of intense, beautifully defined citrus fruit, orange blossom and licorice aromas. The palate is very well balanced, the 25% new oak neatly folded into energetic citrus fruit that dovetails into a very concentrated, persistent finish. This comes highly recommended.
Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 2018
91-93 Points | Vinous – Neal Martin
The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes 1er Cru has a much more intense bouquet than the Vergers, with more mineralité and terroir expression; fleeting glimpses of walnut and hazelnut emerge with aeration. The palate is beautifully balanced with a fine bead of acidity and notes of tangerine and orange zest. A judicious pinch of white pepper enlivens the finish. I appreciate the composure and persistence of this very promising Les Chenevottes.
Domaine Marc Morey Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2018
92-94 Points | Vinous – Neal Martin
The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru has a detailed bouquet, quite intense in style, featuring expressive green apple, slate and mint aromas that become more vocal with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity and what might be a touch of botrytized fruit toward the finish, though Sabine assured me there was none. In any case, this is a very well-crafted Les Referts that should age well in bottle.
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