Giles Morat was born into a wine family, in 1997 he took over a share of the family business. He added to this by both buying up some vineyards and setting up rental agreements. A total of only 6 heactares keeps the focus on high quality fruit and control.
Sur La Roche is the most minerally of the four cuvees,coming from vines high on the chalky hill of Vergisson.It’s aged in oak barrels,a small percentage of which are new. It’s beautifully taut and linear.
VINEYARD ORIGIN: France – Southern Burgundy – Mâcon region – Village of Vergisson On the top of the southeast-facing slope of the Roche de Vergisson. Shallow limestone soil from the Jurassic period.
Altitude: 400 & 350 metres
Vine density: 8,700 vines/hectare
Grape variety: chardonnay
Pruning method: Guyot, arch trained – short canes
Plantation years: 1967 – 1968 – 1977 – 1978 Soil is ploughed. Certified organic phytosanitary treatment
Mechanical. weeding: no weed killer used.No insecticides used. Natural manure used. Controlled yields.
HARVESTING: The full crop harvested by hand, at full maturity.
VINIFICATION: Vinification and maturation are carried out in 220 litre oak barrels from the centre of France. The wine is aged on its lees for 11 months with the lees stirred up and the barrels topped up. The wines go into barrel before alcoholic fermentation.
STYLE: Powerful and mineral
FOOD PAIRINGS: Galantines and fine terrines, sea scallops cooked in cream, grilled lobster, sea bass in white butter.
2018 – 13%