Caroline Morey comes from a long line of vignerons based in the Cotes de Beaune and is also married to Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. In 2014 Caroline has taken her share of some family vineyards from her father Jean-Marc and has created her own domaine based in Chassagne-Montrachet working out of brand new cellars built for Caroline and her husband Pierre-Yves.
For Caroline’s first vintage in 2014 she has small holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet for both red and white together with small holdings in Santenay and Hautes Cotes de Beaune totaling just 2.4 hectares. With more vineyards being added in the next 2 years the total will rise to 4.5 hectares in total. Her family holdings were roughly half for red wines and half for white wines, so Caroline has always been very comfortable vinifying red wines and is clearly adept with whites as well.
Caroline’s approach in the cellar shows a similar light touch as her husband using mostly 350 litre barrels with no more than 30% new and with no battonage for the white wines. For the red wines she adapts to each site and each vintage with no ‘recipe’ as such save to say that Caroline favours a little whole bunch when possible but never more than 50% which she considers too much. Having tasted both 2014 + 2015 from barrel Caroline has started extremely strongly and it should come as no surprise to discover that we have another star in the making with this very small and very fine estate. With just a few barrels produced of most wines these will be difficult to come by.
2016s due June 2018. All wines very limited and available only on allocation.
2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées
From 40 year old vines located quite high on the slope at the northern end near Puligny. Lots of limestone in this vineyard and it shows with super fine aromatics and delicate yet intense orchard fruits on the palate and a great line of acidity. Long.
2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gains
From 6 year old vines located in the middle of this vineyard just south of the village. Finesse and restraint yet great class.
2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets
From 3 parcels with average 45 yo located from bottom to top of the vineyard. Always one of the best 1er cru’s. Very complete.
Villages whites from Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay to be added in coming vintages.
2015 Santenay Le Chainey
From vines located in the southern sector of Santenay quite high on the slope adjoining 1er Cru Grand Clos Rousseau. The grapes here are fully destemmed and the wine aged in 30% new barrels. This shows fine bright sour cherry aromatics with super fine tannins and striking finesse and wonderfully fresh crunchy fruit. So attractive now.
From vines located just below the village in Les Chenes and Les Chambres. Made with 20% whole bunch and bottled in November after 12 months ageing in barrel. Shows a very fresh and bright aspect with lifted aromatics hinting at cranberry. Fine tannins and bright crunchy fruit with more depth and stuffing than the Santenay. Serious, yet so approachable already.
Premier Cru reds from Beaune Les Grèves and Santenay Passetemps to be added in coming vintages.