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Morey-Saint-Denis
“Les Crais”

Morey-Saint-Denis “Les Crais” white

Vineyard:
Burgundy - Côte de Nuits - Morey-Saint-Denis. Morey-Saint-Denis wines are rare, and whites even more so. Our white Morey grows from clay-limestone soil.

Grape varieties: Chardonnay (90%), pinot blanc (5%), pinot meunier (5%)
Planted in:
2003
Altitude:
250 metres

Working the vine:
November: Vines pruned. Until late February: Vine shoots burned. March: final pruning and repair work. April - May: ruthless de-budding and tying. June: tying and clipping vines. July or early August, before veraison: leaves on all plots are thinned by hand, with a green harvest to provide the vine stock with natural aeration, limit the yield, and help the grapes to ripen.

Soil:
The soil is tilled once at the end of winter, and lightly raked during the season to keep natural vegetation growth under control. In June and July, the plots’ soil may be turned to clear those most affected by vegetation growth.

Crop treatments:
The vineyard does not use herbicides, insecticides, or chemical anti-rot treatments.
Sexual confusion techniques are used to combat grape moth.
We do not use any artificial fertilizer. We believe in responsible viticulture, based on observation and treatments for mildew and rot.

Harvested 100% by hand:
Grapes are sorted at source by each harvester.
Grapes transported in small boxes.
Upon arrival in the fermenting room, the grapes are immediately transferred to the press.

Winemaking process:
Pressing. Transferred to vat and left to settle for 24 hours.
Transferred to vat where fermentation begins
Wine siphoned into casks at a density of 1040.

Maturation:
Matured for 12 months with 20% new barrels.
No stirring.

The wine’s characteristics:
This is the vineyard’s only white wine. It is simultaneously full bodied and elegant, blending fruit and mineral flavours. A harmonious and balanced wine, citrus and grapefruit notes in particular can be detected in the wine’s deliciously lingering finish. It is best enjoyed young.

Pairing with food:
River fish, white meat.