Morey-Saint-Denis Clos SorbéPremier Cru
Grape Variety :
Site: Morey may be in the shadow of its illustrious neighbors Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny, but its Premier Cru Clos Sorbè is a little gem. The vineyard is on a gradual slope with a good east exposure.
History & tradition: something unusual: the vines of Clos-Sorbè are located in the middle of the village.
Soil: a mix of chalky marl with broken-up white rocks from the limestone underlayer.
Plantation density: 10,000 vinestocks/ha in order to extract as much as possible from the terroir and limit the production of each vine stock.
Yield: 41 hl/ha - purposely low, in order for the grapes to reveal every nuance of the terroir.
Grape Supply: grapes and wines provided by regular supply partners.
Type: in barrels (20% in new oak).
Length: 14 to 18 months.
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation, barrel by barrel. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"A beautiful, bright cherry colour. The powerful nose displays aromas of red fruit and exotic wood. On the palate, the wine is deep and velvety, generous and elegant, with soft tannins. Long aftertaste reminiscent of cherries macerated in brandy. A wine to discover, deserving to be better known".
Pure delight in all the appellations. The colour is ruby red, very intense but less so than in 2003. The aromas, well marked when the wines were young, are more reserved now, on classic notes of little red berries. Both Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits have a consistent structure, based on good balance between acidity, alcohol and tannin. It is this balance that gives the wines such elegance. The tannins are ripe and refined. They harmonize nicely with a refreshing acidity devoid of astringency and a normal level of alcohol. The exquisite fruit found in the range of lesser villages in Burgundy, such as Chorey-les-Beaune, will charm wine lovers everywhere. The Premier and Grand Crus have been somewhat closed these last few months. Their structure tends to dominate the bouquet and aromas. It would be unfortunate to drink these wines now. The ageing potential of the Grand Crus is certainly several decades, although it will be possible to enjoy them earlier. In summary, 2005 has a lot in common with some great vintages of the past: the beautiful richness of 1990, the harmonious character of 1989 and the haunting bouquet of 1961.
Temperature: 16°C (61-62°F).
Cellaring: 5 to 25 years.