Pierre Morey is considered one of Burgundy’s finest and also one of its most prolific vignerons. In 1971, while in his early 20’s, Pierre inherited the family estate which encompassed 19 owned acres and metayeur responsibilities for superbly placed 1er Cru and Grand Cru vineyards belonging to Domaine des Comtes Lafon. As his metayage contracts expired, Pierre took on more outside responsibility and in 1990, was appointed winemaker at the venerable Domaine Leflaive where he produced stunning, benchmark white Burgundies for 20 years. Upon his retirement, he and his daughter Anne founded Morey-Blanc, a negociant company. Pierre’s eponymous 27 acre domaine includes holdings in Monthelie, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault and the vineyards are farmed using biodynamic practices. At Morey-Blanc, Pierre and Anne share responsibilities and have slowly and carefully expanded the portfolio. They currently produce wines from some of the most respected vineyards in the Cote d’Or, including Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Aloxe-Corton, Meursault Charmes and Saint-Aubin. Production remains small, highly selective and reasonably priced.
|Even though this wine is Volnay Santenots, it is produced from grapes grown entirely in Meursault. The vineyard is in the Les Petures lieu-dit, located at the southern end of Volnay and over the border into Les Santenots-du-Milieu. The vines were planted in 1970 to shallow, fine-grained red soils. Originally made from purchased fruit and bottled as Morey-Blanc, the wine has been bottled under the Domaine label since the 2004 vintage after the plot was purchased by the Morey family. Allying finesse, elegance and richness, Santenots is velvety, soft in the mouth and heady.