Morey Saint Denis Premier Cru Les Millandes Red 2018
Morey-Saint-Denis "Les Millandes"1er crus - 2018
PhilosophyEnticement... As Laurent Delaunay says, “the first time I fell in love with this climat that brings together freshness, elegance and depth dates back to the mid 1980s when I was learning about viticulture and vinification at the estate of a first-rate winegrower in Morey. This wine’s heady scents of violet and blue fruit, which evoke memories of my childhood, have always exercised their power of seduction over me”.
TerroirLocated in the middle of the village, just below Clos-de-la-Roche, on gentle red-earth slopes strewn with stones, the Les Millandes Premier Cru is always a marvel of balance. Like its upslope neighbour, it yields fresh, elegant wines that are counterbalanced by their maturity, power and depth, due to deep soil similar to that found in neighbouring Gevrey.
Vinification and ageingThe grapes were handpicked and meticulously sorted so as to keep only the finest bunches. They were then destemmed and transferred to tanks where vinification began under the influence of indigenous yeasts and lasted 20 days, during which punch-down was performed daily. The wine was barrel aged for 18 months: the first 6 months in a one-year-old cask followed by another 12 months in a “semi-new” cask that had been previously used for the ageing of a red Bourgogne for 3 to 6 months.
Tasting notesSumptuous deep red in colour with bluish tinges. Superb, complex nose that boasts great depth and aromas of blue fruit, blackcurrant, strawberry coulis and brandied cherries, followed by spicy and floral notes: lily, violet, light tobacco, liquorice, menthol, chocolate and peat. Its aromatic complexity is simply incredible. The palate features an astonishing balance between maturity, fullness and freshness. This is a dense, rich wine that is endowed with lovely acidity and ripe tannins that make it an ideal wine for laying down.