Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
Domaine Marc Morey
Domaine Marc Morey was founded just after the first world war by Fernand Morey. The first vineyard holdings comprised just a couple of hectares in Chassagne-Montrachet. Marc Morey took over in 1944 following his father's death, when he quickly expanded the property. He started to bottle directly at the Domaine, and Marc Morey et Fils rapidly became a well respected name in the village. Marc's daughter Marie-Josephine and her husband Bernard joined the family business in 1977. Today, Marc's grand-daughter, Sabine Mollard, is in charge of the estate and has been the winemaker since 2003.
Domaine Marc Morey's cellars are located directly under the century-old family home right in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet. Vinification is flexible according to the vintage, with the wines resting on their lees for on average 10 months for the whites and 15 months for the reds in a maximum of 30% new oak barrels. Sabine prefers that the wines' portrayal of terroir to be as expressive as possible.
The must began fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures and mid-fermentation it was then transferred into oak casks, 20% of which were new oak. Bâtonnage, or the stirring of the fine lees, took place until malolactic fermentation was complete, adding texture and complexity to the resulting wine. Having spent 10 months in barrel, the wine was then racked, fined and filtered, prior to being bottled.
PRESS AND REVIEWS
94 points Decanter
Outer quote mark Another Marc Morey wine that's returning after a frost-induced break in 2016, this is a delicate, refined Chassagne from Sabine Mollard with fresh, white flower and blossom aromas, scented oak, some baking spice sweetness and a core of pithy, zesty acidity. (TA) Inner quote mark (10/2018)
93 points James Suckling
Outer quote mark A steely edge to the pithy grapefruit and lemon aromas with stony and slightly flinty nuances. The palate has a very precise and fresh, taut feel. Great, succulent fruit with driving acidity. A lot of pleasure here. Super minerally. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (1/2019)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Outer quote mark One of the more youthfully accessible wines in the range is the 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers, a pretty wine that opens in the glass with scents of honeyed pear, white flowers, orange oil and toasted nuts. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and charming, with fine depth at the core and racy balancing acids, it concludes with a long and nicely defined finish. This is well worth seeking out. (WK) Inner quote mark (2/2020)
91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
Outer quote mark Post-bottling sulfur presently dominates the fruit so if you’re going to try a bottle young I would suggest giving this a thorough aeration. Otherwise there is a relatively refined mouth feel to the attractively textured and vibrant middle weight flavors that deliver just a bit more depth on the clean, dry and balanced finale. This could use at least a year or two of bottle age to unwind and better absorb the sulfur. Inner quote mark (6/2019)