60 year old vines from the lieu-dit Croix de Chevre in the Grand Cras. 270 meters in altitude.
Ancient alluvials and very rocky.
Organically farmed since 2003, full Agribio certification.
Gravity flow to tanks, Indigenous yeast fermentations at low temperatures, to preserve fresh fruit flavors and a delicate tannic structure. Whole cluster fermenteation for 8-15 days, horizontal pressing, manual racking for elevage.
Aged 8 months on the lees in 80% neutral burgundy barrels and 20% epoxy tanks. Minimal sulfur, bottled with no fining or filtration.
The 2016 Morgon, which comes from 60-year-old vines in Croix de Chevre and is matured in eight-year-old barrels for eight months, has a clean and precise bouquet with lifted blackberry, raspberry and just a hint of pressed flowers. This is very refined, and I appreciate the manner in which it opens in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite mineral-driven and tensile with a dash of white pepper enlivening the sappy, chalky-textured finish. There is potential here although I would just like to see more joie-de-vivre develop by the time of bottling.
Antoine Sunier’s Morgon is produced from a parcel of sixty year-old vines in the lieu a` dit of Croix de Che`vre, with the wine fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in eighty percent old Burgundy casks. The 2016 version is a beautiful and utterly classic young bottle of Morgon, offering up a deep and pure bouquet of black cherries, lovely, granitic soil, woodsmoke, gamebird, fresh thyme and a touch of citrus zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full and focused, with a lovely core, excellent transparency, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and nascently complex finish. This is really a very elegant and soil-driven iteration of Morgon. 2017-2040.
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