Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1C Virondot Blanc 2017 (B)

Burgundy,Cote de Beaune

From the village's highest altitude premier cru comes the 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot, a beautiful wine that wafts from the glass with scents of vine blossom, citrus oil, fresh pastry and blanched almonds. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and fine-boned, it's elegant and precise, with a pretty core of fruit, racy acids and a delicately perfumed finish. Morey owns almost 90% of this lieu-dit, and the other owner doesn't declare it, so this is a de facto monopole. - WA92

A cooler and more restrained nose grudgingly offers up notes of green tea, green apple and soft spice wisps. There is excellent delineation to the punchier if less refined medium weight flavors that terminate in a youthfully austere finish that is notably less complex. Note that my rating offers the benefit of the doubt that this will gradually add depth as it evolves. - BH91

The Winery

Domaine Marc Morey stands proudly as one of the top producers in Chassagne-Montrachet. After a century of steady growth, these elegant, long-lived wines are realizing their full potential under the leadership of Sabine Mollard.The history of the domaine began in 1919. After returning home to Burgundy's C™te de Beaune from World War I, Fernand Morey took over the management of the property from his father, establishing the estate in what was once a coaching inn. Fernand spent over twenty years bringing the vineyards back to life, only bottling his first vintage just before the outbreak of the next world war. Upon returning from WWII in 1944, his son, Marc, took his place at the head of the family business, initiating the domaine's growth through vineyard replantings.

In 1977, Marc was joined by his daughter, Marie-Jo, and her husband, Bernard Mollard, who also has added to the family holdings, including that of their rare two-hectare parcel of ÒEn Virondot,Ó nearly all of which is now under the management and ownership of the domaine. We have worked with the Moreys and the Mollards since 1985 and are now pleased to be working with Sabine Mollard, the fourth generation to work the highly pedigreed terroirs of Chassagne-Montrachet. Poor in soils and rich in minerals from the limestone bedrock, the appellation produces some of the region's most beautiful wines.

The Mollards embrace traditional, natural vinifications, and they harvest and sort the grapes entirely by hand. The grapes are pressed gently in whole clusters and the free-run juice is fermented on native yeasts.

Temperatures are kept low at 68¡F. Once halfway through fermentation, the wines are racked into barrels (25-30% of which are new), where they complete primary fermentation and undergo malolactic. Once finished, the Mollards then age the wines for 12 months in barrels, stirring them on their lees once a week for the first four months.

Domaine Marc Morey produces approximately 5,000 cases per year. Their rarity, fine minerality, balance and tasteful use of oak lend a long-term age-ability that La Revue des Vins de France claims surpasses that of many of their peers in the appellation.

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