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Producer: Domaine Marc MoreyGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Medium to full bodied complex whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Domaine Marc Morey was established in 1919 by Ferand Morey and was passed down to his son Marc Morey and subsequently through the generations. In 2003, Marc Morey’s granddaughter, the talented winemaker Sabine Mollard, took over the reins. The old cellar lies under their magnificent house, which was a former coaching inn and Marc Morey's family home for 100 years. Domaine Marc Morey's wines have become renowned worldwide, especially their exquisite Chassagne Montrachets which are elegant, complex and display wonderful minerality.
The 2017 vintage had favourable weather conditions throughout the growing period. The season was marked by an alternation of warm and sunny days, with rainy and overcast days, which allowed the grapes to ripen gradually. The harvest produced berries with a wonderful balance between sugar and acidity and resulted in wines with rich aromatics and purity of fruit.
The grapes are grown in the Premier Cru named vineyard of Le Charmois, of the Saint Aubin appellation. Domaine Marc Morey’s philosophy puts great emphasis on working alongside nature, with rigorous debudding and green harvests to ensure that the vine's growth is perfectly balanced. The vineyards are farmed according to "La lutte raisonnée", using sustainable agriculture methods, reducing the use of chemicals in order to respect the land and its environment. The vines are trained according to the Guyot method and are planted in clay and limestone soils.
The must began fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures and mid-fermentation it was then transferred into oak casks, 20% of which were new oak. Bâtonnage, or the stirring of the fine lees, took place until malolactic fermentation was complete, adding texture and complexity to the resulting wine. Having spent 10 months in barrel, the wine was then racked, fined and filtered, prior to being bottled.
Complex aromas of lemon peel combined with orange, vanilla and just a hint of smokiness, lead to a full bodied texture and the citrus characters which are echoed on the palate. Abundant minerality and a fresh acidity keep the palate lively, followed by a clean finish with elegant, buttery elements.
A delight with shellfish, especially pan-fried scallops or lobster.
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