Morgon - Roche Noire 2006 - Wine


Roche Noire
Roche Noire

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Morgon "Roche Noire"

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

This parcel, which is situated at the base of the Côte du Py, is made up of volcanic rock, basalt and clay. The topsoil here is deeper than it is at higher elevations in Morgon.

Vinification

Picked and sorted by hand, then de-stemmed, the grapes macerate slowly over the course of three or four weeks. Indigenous yeasts are used throughout the fermentation period, and extraction by means of both plunging and pumping over takes place on a regular basis.

Maturing and bottling

The wines are aged in our historic cellar for 10 months. Half is aged in oak barrels, the other half in stainless steel tanks. The oak used to make the barrels comes from the forests of Alliers, the Limousin and the Nivernais.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

Power and weight are the chief characteristics of wines from ‘Roche-Noire'. Gamay's supple tannins lend this wine a long, taut finish. The perfect match for charcuterie, white meats and cheeses.

Conservation

The wine needs two or three years to reach its peak, and can then age comfortably for several decades.

The Vintage

The cold start to spring, which lasted until Mai, delayed budbreak, but the high temperatures that followed brought flowering forwards; some flowers were even burned by the extreme heat. July was particularly hot and sunny but, unlike in 2003, nights were cool. Unfortunately, August was both cold and rainy, threatening the health of the bunches. September didn't start off well, but came good with the return of enough sunshine to dry the berries. Picking began on 13 September. Although the wines of 2006 will never achieve the greatness of the 2005s, they are pretty wines with good concentration, showing great balance of alcohol, acidity and tannin.


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