As we have mentioned before, 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 earlier Burgundy vintages now drying up, we have been fortunate enough to secure a number of cases from Domaine Marc Morey’s 2015 vintage. These cases are in stock, immediately available and offered at the lowest market price. We have tasted them all recently and they are drinking very well.

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

Domaine Marc Morey’s cellars are located directly under the century-old family home right in the heart of the village. Vinification is flexible and adapted to each vintage. Lees aging lasts 10 months for the white wines, with a maximum of 30% new oak barrels to allow the terroir to shine. Compared to other producers, they are solid wines which represent good value.

Today we have three 1er Cru single vineyard offerings for you today from this renowned estate:

Description Vintage Unit Qty of Units Price per Unit Score
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot 2015 6 x 75cl 7 £290 92 BH
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 2015 6 x 75cl 8 £285 91 BH 89 WA
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 2015 6 x 75cl 4 £280 90 BH 90-92 WA

 

Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot 2015:
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 2015 is yet to be scored by Vinous’ Neal Martin but he has already professed this is “a bottling that is held in high regard”.

Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 2015:
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.

Scoring 91 points from Burghound’s Allen Meadows, he describes a wine that is “sleek, opulent and impressively concentrated”.

Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 2015:
This is another well priced offering from Domaine Marc Morey with more minerality on show here thanks to the limestone soils found in the Les Vergers vineyard.

Neal Martin awards 90-92 points and states that “this comes recommended” to his readers.

These wines are perfectly mature and ready to drink.

 

Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot 2015
£290 (6x75cl)

92 Points | Allen Meadows, Burghound
There is enough reduction to mask the fruit but not the citrus elements. I like the sense of verve to the even more mineral-driven medium weight flavors that possess excellent size and weight while retaining solid delineation on the impressively complex and persistent finale. This is quite dry in the context of what is typical for the vintage and sufficiently firm that I would suggest allowing it at least a few years of cellar time first. (Drink starting 2022)

? Points | Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot, a bottling that is held in high regard, was showing a lot of reduction on the nose, although Sabine Morey told me that this was usual for this vineyard. The palate has quite a rich opening with lightly honeyed fruit and tropical tones, good weight in the mouth even if it seems to be searching for more tension and energy on the finish. I love the weight in the mouth here, the persistence on the finish, so I am certain that once the reduction issues are addressed this will be one of the domaine’s best releases. I will reserve judgement for now.

Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 2015:
£285 (6x75cl)

91 Points | Allen Meadows, Burghound
A notably more complex nose is composed by notes of petrol, resin, apple, citrus and a subtle hint of wood. The sleek, opulent and impressively concentrated middle weight plus flavors brim with sappy dry extract that coats the palate on the energetic, persistent and dry finish that displays fine depth. (Drink starting 2021)

89 Points | Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Chenevottes has a fresh and stony nose, a touch of oyster shell coming through after five minutes in the glass. The palate is well balanced with decent weight, a touch of grassiness on the entry leading to a lightly spiced mid-palate, though the finish feels a little straightforward at the moment. This constitutes a worthy Chassagne-Montrachet Chenevottes, although I would argue that the 2014 was superior in terms of delineation and nervosité.

Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 2015:
£280 (6x75cl)

90 Points | Allen Meadows, Burghound
A pretty and appealingly layered nose consists of aromas of various green and white fruit, citrus and a hint of wood. The round, delicious and sappy medium-bodied flavors possess equally good energy and persistence if not quite the same delineation or mid-palate density. Still there is much to like here and this is a wine that should drink well young. (Drink starting 2020)

90-92 Points | Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers is more expressive than the Chenevottes, a mixture of citrus fruit and waxy aromas, a hint of white chocolate underneath. The palate is fresh on the entry, more taut and linear than the Chenevottes, gently building to a spicy-tinged finish that feels controlled but correct. It does not want to do anything spectacular but that makes this all the better. This comes recommended.

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