Intense, Smooth, and Woodsy: Overperforming Premier Cru Red Burgundy

Thomas Morey is a master of Chassagne-Montrachet. His properties are among the finest in the town, including magnificent white Burgundies at village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru levels. We’ve been thrilled to welcome his 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet and 2016 Chassagne 1er cru “Embrazées” to our lineup.

But Morey also makes wine from neighboring Santenay, including a red premier cru that blew us away this spring. Most Côte de Beaune reds feature bright red fruits at the forefront of their palates, but Morey’s Santenay 1er cru “Grand Clos Roussot” is a dead ringer for a Côte de Nuits red.

Morey’s vines in this plot are over 40 years old, and produce small, perfectly ripe berries year in and year out. This results in an intense, sappy wine with dark flavor, dark color, and a smooth, concentrated mouthfeel. We were amazed at how rich and masculine the flavor was, particularly so far from the soils of the Côte de Nuits.

The nose is dark and woodsy, showing intense black raspberry and licorice. The mouth is intense but smooth and long, with gingerbread, spice, and blackberry jam. Tasted blind we’d put this somewhere in southern Nuits-St-Georges or northern Gevrey Chambertin.

This wine serves as a reminder not to ignore the reds of the Côte de Beaune. With exceptional terroir and expert winemaking, they can be astonishingly good.


Morey Santenay 1er cru “Grand Clos Roussot” 2016

bottle price : $52


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