Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru – Morgeot
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The Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot is an expressive, generously textured, full-bodied Chassagne. It is made from 50 year old vines located near the Abbey of Morgeot on a primarily stony, limestone soil. The gentle, south-east facing slope enhances ripening. Harvest is done entirely by hand. The grapes are meticulously sorted both in the vineyard and the winery to eliminate unhealthy fruit. They are immediately gently pressed in a pneumatic press to retain maximum fruit and aromatic extraction. The must is kept in tanks at low temperatures for 7 days before being transferred to oak barrels, of which 30% are new, for alcoholic fermentation and maturation. Only native yeasts, present on the grapes skins, are used. The wine matures in barrels on its lees with minimal bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, to ensure the wine’s freshness. Bottling takes place after about 15 months in accordance with the lunar cycle. This a powerful white Burgundy with a potential for 5 or more years of aging.
About the Producer
Originally located on the main square in Puligny-Montrachet, the Clerc estate dates back to the 16th century. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bernard Clerc placed Vincent Girardin in charge of his vineyards and winemaking. He was eventually replaced by the talented Eric Germain. The domaine's 11 hectares of vineyards are centered around Puligny-Montrachet and include three Grands Crus.
Farming practices: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically. The vines are trained high to enhance photosynthesis.
Eric Germain, winemaker