WSI92+ A delicious white with vim and verve, with a sweet mouth-feel and substantial body and weight – dense viscous quality mixed with silky texture. Irresistible! Aromas of white flowers, citrus rind, sea salt. Vibrant, energetic; great texture and persistence. : Estate vineyards total some six acres in Chitry, facing north, on moderate slopes at 600 feet in altitude. Soils are mostly Kimmeridgian limestone, exactly the same terroir as neighboring Chablis. AGE OF VINES: 20 to 35 years. WINEMAKING: Pressed directly; fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks on indigenous yeasts. Aged in tank for one year. Bottled unfiltered.
Olivier Morin tends some 30 acres of land in the department of the Yonne, between Auxerre and Chablis. The medieval village of Chitry-le-Fort is the center of the small Bourgogne Chitry appellation, and just a stone’s throw from the village of Chablis. Indeed, here the soils are also identical to those in Chablis—Kimmeridgian and Portlandian limestone, very chalky and mineral-rich.
The estate is not certified but adheres to organic farming practices, including fermenting on indigenous yeasts, planting natural herbs between vineyard rows to prevent erosion and using only organic fertilizer in the fields. The soil is plowed to encourage vine roots to dig deep into the region’s chalky soils; vines, on average, are 30 years old.
Olivier’s cellar is located partially underground, allowing him to move juice and wine via gravity. Whites are fermented and aged in stainless steel tank; reds are aged mostly in older French oak barrels. Very little sulfur is added at any step in the winemaking process, and wines are bottled unfiltered.