Sunday, August 04, 2013

Santenay 1er Cru "Les Gravières" 2007, Bernard Morey


We visited this domaine, located in the vineyards between Chassagne and Santenay in July 2009. There had been some confusion as to whether the tasting was with Benard Moreau or Bernard Morey. A frequent problem on Burgundy tasting tours for people with brains addled by pinot. I remember the wines being fruit-driven, round and friendly. This Santenay premier cru is on the mid-to-lower slope on the northern side of the village near Chassagne. There is cherry here, some cassis, good berry ripeness, shoe polish (tan), damp straw, quail droppings and freshly-rained on gravel. Tasty cherry and plum fruit with a lacing of tart cassis. This Santenay does a good job of capturing the freshness of the 2007 vintage and has a refreshing length. An all round good egg. Impresses more than the wines tried at the domaine. Scores 24-25/30 for a Santenay premier cru. Photo shows the Gravieres vineyard falling away from the Santenay windmill. 

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