The Morey-Saint-Denis AOC
is a village appellation of the Côte de Nuits in the Côte-d'Or. This appellation includes 20 climats classified as Premier Cru.
Possessing a large number of premiers crus and grands crus (Clos de Tart, Bonnes Mares, Clos de la Roche, Clos Saint-Denis, Clos des Lambrays), Morey-Saint-Denis forms a bridge between the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin and those of Chambolle-Musigny in the Côte de Nuits. Influenced by the powerful “House of Vergy”, the abbeys of Cîteaux and Tart, and by some of the great Burgundy families, the history of this village is associated with that of its wine. "It can be said that it lacks nothing", Dr. Lavelle wrote back in 1855. The AOC was established in 1936.
The vines grow in limestone and clay-limestone soils dating from the Middle Jurassic: white Bathonian Oolite up-slope and Bajocian fossiliferous limestone at the foot. The vineyards are east-facing and lie at altitudes of 220-270 metres. Immediately below the village, the valley modifies some exposures and the soil has more marl.
Most of the vineyards are planted with Pinot Noir, although a few parcels are Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc, producing a rare and interesting white wine, which is generally quite firm and opulent. The red wines are usually a vibrant shade (bright ruby, carmine, intense garnet) with purplish highlights. The bouquet is a mix of black fruit (blackcurrant, blueberry) and red pitted fruit (cherry). Variants can include apple, blackberry, violets, carnations, liquorice and fruit conserved in liquor. With age, it aromas often evoke the “hunting” scents of game, leather, moss and even truffles. Sustained and structured, this wine lingers on the palate with just the right balance between body and fruit. With its smooth tannins and mouth-filling generosity, it can be described as being the tenor in the Burgundy choir.
More informations on the website of the wines of Morey Saint-Denis