Marc Morey is the only domaine that farms and bottles the 2.1 hectares premier cru ‘En Virondot’. The vineyard is at one of the highest elevations in the Chassagne-Montrachet at 350 meters lying just west of some notable premier cru vineyards; Les Caillerets, Les Fairendes, and Les Champ Gains. Beneath the shallow topsoil, the vineyard sits on a bed of calcareous (chalk) soil that imparts a specific minerality and texture to the wines. Sabine Mollard, owner, and winemaker says this vineyard has the greatest aging potential of all her premier cru bottlings.
Initial fermentation is in temperature-controlled vats with a transfer midway through to barrel (30% new oak). Battonage once a week until malolactic fermentation begins. The wine rests on the lees for eleven months, 4 months stainless steel tank, and is then lightly fined then filtered before bottling. Altitude : 350m; Vineyard age : 30 years old; Grape yield : 58 hl /ha; Exposure : Southeast; Soil : Calcareous; Alcohol : 13.5%
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.
The domaine’s owns 9.5 hectares of vineyards in the Côte d’Or. Most of their vineyard sites are located in Chassagne-Montrachet. One hectare is planted to Pinot Noir and a small amount of Aligoté, while the majority of their plantings are Chardonnay. Domaine Marc Morey owns over 90% of the Premier Cru, En Virondot. Morey owns 2 hectares of En Virondot will leasing 0.1 from a nieghbor so they are the only producer for this vineyard. Sabine also owns smaller plots in the Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, as well as Premier Cru vines in St. Aubin and Puligny-Montrachet. Sabine practices the principles of lutte raisonée, or sustainable viticulture in all of her vineyards and is a firm believer of the concept that the best wines must start with great grapes.
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.