Chassagne Montrachet, 2006

  Bernard Morey

Chassagne Montrachet

Contains Sulphites.

About Bernard Morey

Bernard owns 15 hectares of vineyard spread over the Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay appellations. He is a cheerful, refl ective winemaker who is not afraid to embrace modernity and harness it in tandem with tradition to produce beautifully balanced wines that are racy, pure and refined. Fermentation for the Pinot Noir is carefully temperature-controlled before élévage in 50% new oak barriques. The 1er Crus chardonnays are fermented in 50% new oak, 50% one-year-old oak, followed by a light fi ltration and then bottling, which usually takes place before the new vintage in order to capture the freshness of the wines.

Appellation: Chassagne-Montrachet

A village and appellation at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune covering over 300 hectares, that is now widely acclaimed for its white wines, though was once very much a red wine village. Plantings of Pinot Noir are still relatively high when compared to Puligny or Meursault, however it is the white wines that enjoy international acclaim. Within the commune sit part of Le Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru vineyards as well as Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru in its entirety. There are a total of 51 Premier Crus vineyards, though many of these are part other larger, better known vineyards and carry that name on the label, Morgeot being a good example of this. The wines are plump and racy, less elegant and refined than Puligny, full bodied but less fat and more vitality than a Meursault.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.