“Seductively Textured,” “Outstanding” 93-point Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru

Thomas Morey makes some of the most delicate white Burgundies we know. Far from the rich, opulent style of the past decades, Morey’s Chassagnes are refined, subtle, and sophisticated. Burgundy expert Jasper Morris MW calls them “very pure, precise and elegant,” as well as “excellent.”

At the village level, Morey’s Chassagne-Montrachet draws from 14 plots across the appellation. Morey explained to us he feels it’s important to have a cuvée that represents his town (where his family has lived for five centuries) as a whole. His 2017 village level Chassagne is excellent and a great value.

But at the premier cru level, Morey bottles each plot separately — and after one taste of today’s Embrazées you’ll see why.

Embrazées is a premier cru in the Morgeot sector of Chassagne, a neighborhood known for its bold, round wines. This lush terroir combined with Morey’s precise style makes this cuvée extraordinary. The name Embrazées roughly translates to “aglow” or “aflame,” and the wine indeed glows with intensity and a smooth sophistication.

Jasper Morris awarded 93 points, finding it “lovely” and “fresh.” Burghound gave 92, calling it “outstanding,” and “seductively textured,” finding “voluminous flavors” and an “impressively long, clean, dry and focused finish.” We found notes of peach, hazelnut, and lemon — serve with lobster and butter.

This should improve for 3-5 years, but in a decanter today it’s not a wine you’ll soon forget.


Morey Chassagne-Montrachet
1er cru “Embrazées” 2017
bottle price: $85

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