Morey Blanc Saint Aubin Premier Cru 2011


Seamless, elegant, balanced. Ready to drink or cellar.

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There is a seamless and elegant quality to this wine that is easy to make you initially overlook this wine. Swirl and sniff a bit more and the creamy, citrusy and ripe melon notes come to the fore. In the background there is a chalky and stone streak that also see hints of cashews. Lovely acid, the hallmark of this producer, drags the flavours along your palate and you have a wine that still has another 5-10 years of improvement to go. Match this wine mussels and you’ll be very happy.

Pierre Morey is one of the great white wine masters of the world, including having been winemaker at Domaine Leflaive for almost 20 years. The wines are complex and taut with underlying richness which has the capacity to age very gracefully indeed. His negociant business Morey Blanc operates under the same strict and watchful eye as the domaine.

Saint Aubin – Tucked away behind the favourite white wine regions of Burgundy is this gem of an appellation. Bursting full of good quality producers and woefully underpriced there are many bargains to be had here. The very best wines don’t tend to scale the heights of Chassagne or Puligny but overall they compete very well.

Burgundy – The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.

Premier Cru – Generally from one vineyard but can be blended or declassified from a Grand Cru vineyard. The step up here can be dramatically spectacular or wholly disappointing. Often the best value wines are found here as well as starting to see wines with serious aging potential.

Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.

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