Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Mixed Case

Domaine Marc Morey is a family operation begun in Chassagne-Montrachet by Fernand Morey in 1919. Marc Morey was the son of Fernand, who began to work at the domaine in 1944. Today the domaine exploits about 9 hectares, almost exclusively in the commune of Chassagne-Montrachet – this 9 hectares includes a little aligoté and 1 hectare of pinot noir. Sabine Mollard is the family member responsible today.

The particularity of this domaine is that they, in effect, have the monopoly of the Chassagne 1er Cru En Virondot. This is the highest altitude of the Chassagne 1ers, almost in the woods above the town. After phylloxera some parts hadn’t been replanted, so Sabine’s father, Bernard Mollard, bought up the remaining parcels and replanted them. I say a monopoly ‘in effect’ because the domaine owns only 2 of the 2.1 hectares of the climat. There is a small parcel, right in the middle of the climat with another owner who doesn’t want to sell – and he’s been asked 100s of times! BUT this domaine does all the work and bottles all the wine, buying the grapes from the 0.1 hectare part, so you won’t find another label. “It’s a wine that needs longer aging than the others” says Sabine.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Chenevottes 2018This is a wonderfully bright and saline white Burgundy with an almost Meursault-like feel. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry, with that same keen thread of acidity, hints of bright fruit surfacing just towards the finish. This is a very satisfying Chenevottes.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 2018: The Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers is slightly 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.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru en Virondot 2018: Arguably the most important and interesting of these wines is the 'label monopole' of Chassagne 1er Cru En Virondot. This is the highest altitude of the Chassagne 1ers, almost in the woods above the town. After phylloxera some parts hadn’t been replanted, so Sabine’s father, Bernard Mollard, bought up the remaining parcels and replanted them. It's a monopoly ‘in effect’ because the domaine owns only 2 of the 2.1 hectares of the vineyard. There is a small parcel, right in the middle of the climat with another owner who doesn’t want to sell – and he’s been asked 100s of times! Thankfully Domaine Marc Morey does all the work and bottles all the wine, buying the grapes from the 0.1 hectare part, so you won’t find another label. “It’s a wine that needs longer aging than the others” says Sabine.

This box contains two bottles of each of the three 1er Cru mentioned above.

 

  • Vintage: 2018
    Format: 6 x 750ml
    Availability: July 2021
    Country: France
    Region: Burgundy
    Varietal(s): Chardonnay



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