Morgon - Roche Noire 2013 - 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

Winter 2013 was cold, particularly towards the end of February. The entire season was marked by a deficit of sunlight, and temperatures only began to rise in mid-April, leading to a homogenous budbreak around the 20th of the month. This budbreak is, therefore, somewhat later than usual. The end of April saw a return of cold, rainy weather. These cold, rainy conditions persisted throughout May. Temperatures were, on average, 7°C lower than average, while rainfall was double the average. Such unfavourable conditions tested the vines to the extreme. Growers had to work hard each day to ensure that they were protected against fungal disease and weather damage. A small temperature spike in June allowed flowering to take place around the 20th of the month, then cool conditions returned. This was a very challenging flowering; poor fruit set and shot berries presaged low yields at harvest. July saw a return to more normal weather conditions, and even some lovely sunny periods. However, heavy thunderstorms on the 28th put an end to any feelings of optimism growers may have had. A veritable tornado tore through the Clos de Loyse, damaging most of the vines. Higher than average levels of sunshine in August helped the ripening process along, ensuring a healthy - albeit small - harvest. Picking began later than any year since 1984. At the Château des Jacques, the first cut of the secateurs took place on Monday 23 September.


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