Patrick Lesec Morey Saint Denis Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 1999 Front Label
Patrick Lesec Morey Saint Denis Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 1999 Front Label

Patrick Lesec Morey Saint Denis Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 1999

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Made from ancient vines in two premier cru vineyards, this is a very classy and concentrated Morey St. Denis. It has great aromatics, tremendous ripeness and complexity of fruit, layers of very fine, soft tannins and toasty oak and a sweet, elegant finish.

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A wine with power and length. Delivers the aromatics (smoke, berries) and then delivers the flavors, with plenty of spice, ripe fruit character. Medium-bodied, it twists and turns toward an interesting, tannic and mineral finish.
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While Morey-St-Denis might not get the same attention as its neighbors, Gevrey-Chambertin to the north and Chambolle-Musigny to the south, there is no reason why it shouldn’t. The same line of limestone runs from the Combe de Lavaux in Gevrey—all the way through Morey—ending in Chambolle.

There are four grand cru vineyards, moving southwards from the border with Gevrey-Chambertin: Clos de la Roche, Clos St-Denis, Clos des Lambrays, Clos de Tart and a small segment of Bonnes-Mares overlapping from Chambolle. Clos de la Roche is probably the finest vineyard, giving wines of true depth, body, and sturdiness for the long haul than most other vineyards.

Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis is known for its deep red cherry, blackcurrant and blueberry fruit. Aromas of spice, licorice and purple flowers are present in the wines’ youth, evolving to forest and game as the wine ages.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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