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The Plump and Succulent Terroirs of Beaune

Established by Albert Morot in 1820, Domaine Albert Morot has risen to one of the leading properties in the Côte de Beaune. The estate consists of about 20 acres of vineyards, almost entirely in the Beaune Premiers Crus of Les Teurons, Les Gréves, Les Toussaints, Les Bressandes, Les Cent Vignes, Les Marconnets, and La Bataillére. The vineyards are planted mainly with Pinot Noir.

The estate remains a family run operation. Geoffrey Choppin de Janvry has been responsible for the wines since 2000, when his aunt Françoise Choppin (great-granddaughter of Albert Morot) retired. While retaining the deep focus on quality started by his aunt in the 1980s, including green harvesting, double sorting during harvesting, and minimizing cellar interventions, Geoffroy has ushered the estate into a new era by gradually implementing organic farming methods.

Our featured wines from the 2015 vintage mark the domaine’s first year being completely certified organic. They are all vinified traditionally in open vats with indigenous yeasts. Aging takes place for 14 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which are new. There are few other estates that can represent the generous fruit and gentle elegance of the terroirs of Beaune as well as Domaine Albert Morot.


 

The 2015 Vintage Wines of Domaine Albert Morot

 

All prices based on the purchase of a 6-pack (mix-and-match)
~$53 “Aigrots” (Beaune Premier Cru)

Located next to the celebrated “Clos des Mouches” vineyard on the middle of the slope the “Les Aigrots” vineyard faces east. The stony soil of this 1.8 acre plot is rich in loam and clay, producing full-bodied, generous wines. The vines are between 29 and 37 years old.

~$53 “Les Cent Vignes” (Beaune Premier Cru)

The three acre plot of “Les Cent Vignes” (one hundred vines) is located at the bottom of the slope with a southeastern exposure and is composed mainly of loam and clay soils. The vines on this plot were planted in 1958 and are known for producing wines that are remarkable for their color and delicacy of aromas. On the palate the wines combine complexity and mellowness.

~$53 “Toussaints” (Beaune Premier Cru)

The southwest facing, two acre plot of “Les Toussaints” abuts “Les Cent Vignes” and has a soil combining loam, clay, and limestone. The vines on this plot were planted in 1969 and produce wines of rich, red fruit and charming complexity.

~$58 “Marconnets” (Beaune Premier Cru)

The 1.7 acre, southeast facing plot “Les Marconnets” is located upslope and extends into the commune of Savigny-lès-Beaune. The vines planted here on a limestone soil mixed with loam, sands and clay soils are as old as 70 years. The resulting wine reveal distinction, power, and aromatic complexity.

~$62 “Bressandes” (Beaune Premier Cru)

Wines from the limestone, loam, and clay soils of the southeastern exposed vineyard of “Les Bressandes” express a dense, bold body and beautiful silkiness. The surface is three acres and is planted with vines ranging in age from 12 years to 53 years old.


 

From the Cellar – Wines of Domaine Albert Morot

We have a limited number of Domaine Albert Morot wines from the 2002 and 2003 vintages available at the shop that show all the mature complexity and character of well-cellared Beaune wines.
$99 “Aigrots” (Beaune Premier Cru 2002) WHITE
$126 “Aigrots” (Beaune Premier Cru 2002) RED
$126 “Toussaints” (Beaune Premier Cru 2002) 
$126 “Teurons” (Beaune Premier Cru 2002)
$126 “Bressandes” (Beaune Premier Cru 2003)

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Posted on 2018.09.27 in Burgundy, France, Saturday Sips

 

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