Chassagne-Montrachet just wouldn’t be the same without Domaine Marc Morey. The Chardonnay specialist goes back to the end of WWI when Fernand Morey (Marc’s father) acquired two hectares in Chassagne. Today the estate tends 9.5 hectares with a ‘lutte raisonnée’ philosophy, preserving and protecting the terroir sustainably to show what the prestigious commune and its Chardonnay are capable of.
All the grapes are hand-picked and fermented naturally with ambient yeasts. Ageing the wine for at least ten months in 25-30 percent new oak is customary for the Domaine, making the wine rich and vibrant.
Chassagne-Montrachet is better known for the prestigious Grand Crus that bear the Montrachet name, one of the most exclusive and sought-after Chardonnays in the world. Fifty-five Premier Cru plots represent a great value, and they’re all ambassadors for the commune’s limestone soils that give Chardonnay its minerality.
It comes without saying a few Chassagne plots are dedicated to Pinot Noir and others to the rare Aligoté. Still, there are no doubt Chardonnay rules the commune, and it’s easy to see why. The wine is gorgeous, and thanks to wineries like Domaine Marc Morey, we can all enjoy them at home.
Marc Moray produces a Grand Cru Bâtard Montrachet, several village-level wines and five prestigious premier crus. The Chassagne-Montrachet 1er “Cru Les Chevenottes”, made from 31-year-old vines grown in clay-limestone soils, can be enjoyed even after ten years after bottling.
The Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “En Virondot” also comes from 30-year-old vines grown in the commune’s highest elevation vineyards, making it a structured, bold Chardonnay with piercing acidity.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise in Moray’s repertoire is their Saint-Aubin 1er Cru “Les Charmois”. Grown in the neighbouring village deep into the hills, aged in 25 percent new oak for ten months, this mineral, floral and lively Chardonnay is a gentler take on the Queen of White Grapes. It shows impressive versatility on the table.