Beaune 1er cru Bressandes Domaine Albert Morot
Vintage - 2014
Country - France
Region - Burgundy
Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol by volume - 13%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Domaine Albert Morot
Tasting notes - A well structured and classic red Burgundy. Aromas of cherry and raspberry lead to a silky, fleshy palate of wild strawberry enveloped in firm tannins on the finish.
In 1820, Albert Morot set up his negociant business in Beaune. Between 1984 and
1999 the estate was managed by Françoise Choppin, who discontinued the
negociant activity in order to concentrate on its vineyards and winemaking. The
domain covers eight hectares of vineyard, divided into 10 appellations and is
certified organic from the 2015 vintage. In January 2000, Geoffroy Choppin de
Janvry, an agronomist engineer specialising in viticulture and oenology, took over
the estate from his great aunt. Adopting a minimal intervention approach, Geoffroy
crafts wines of ultimate purity which are highly rated around the world.
Winter was mild and spring was dry. Early flowering at the start of June predicted
harvesting in the second half of September; 100 days after flowering. After two
beautiful warm months the unthinkable occurred; on 28th June the vines were struck
by a hailstorm, for the second year in a row. The vines suffered considerable
damage, especially the whites, resulting in significantly reduced yields in 2014. The
summer weather was average, with a cool August. September rescued the vintage
with warm weather and blue skies every day, allowing the grapes to achieve
Les Bressandes is a Premier Cru designated vineyard situated to the north of Beaune.
Domaine Albert Morot cultivates 1.27 hectares and the average age of the vines is
50 years old. Planted at a density of 10,000 vines per hectare, these old vines
produce a yield of just 23 to 25 hectolitres per hectare. An annual green harvest
controls yields and ensures maximum flavour concentration in the fruit. The soil is
predominantly limestone mixed with marl. The vineyards are in conversion to organic
status; the vines are cultivated with the utmost respect for the environment and
biodiversity is encouraged. The use of artificial pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
is strictly prohibited. Many biodynamic practices are also employed.
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