Morey, Thomas

Thomas Morey

Thomas Morey’s roots in Burgundy run very deep: he is tenth-generation in Chassagne-Montrachet. Having split his famous father Bernard Morey’s estate with his brother Vincent Morey upon Bernard’s retirement in 2005, he and his wife Sylvie built a cellar and bottled their first vintage in 2007. The current holdings total 13 hectares, 8 of those owned and 5 of them rented; their production is 65% white wine and 35% red, with annual production of a modest 5000 cases generally. 

Morey bottles an impressive 8 different Chassagne crus (including a bit of red in Clos St. Jean), as well as very small amounts of  Bâtard-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Truffières; there are robust reds from Santenay and Maranges. Most of the vines were planted in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and replants are always done by selection massale. The farming is completely organic with sparing copper and sulfur treatments. Harvest is entirely by hand.

The cellar work is traditional Burgundian. Fermentation takes places with indigenous yeasts and without suflur, in a combination of neutral barrel and tank. Whites undergo malolactic fermentation and are kept on their lees--but without any stirring (bâtonnage)—in barrel of which a maximum of 20% is of new oak. Sulfur is added along the way in very small amounts and never at bottling. Whites are gently filtered while reds are not.

Thomas Morey wines tend to fare well critically yet fly under the radar of Burgundy lovers. They are classically Burgundian, vigneron-raised and expressive of grape, terroir and vintage--rich in flavor, depth and texture yet balanced with naturally vibrant acidity and minerality and a restrained hand in the cellar.

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DB0501-16
Organic
Bourgogne Blanc
2016
Chardonnay
From 2 parcels near the town of Chassagne. The younger of the two is a gently sloped climat planted in 2004 and called "Pierres"... Read More
France Burgundy

DB0505-16
Organic
Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière
2016
Pinot Noir
Maranges is the barely-attached, southernmost extension of the Côte d'Or, created only in 1989 and still a relatively obscure appellation.... Read More
France Burgundy
DB5330-16
Organic
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
2016
Chardonnay
2016 was the first vintage in which Morey bottled a blended premier cru Chassagne. The vintage was particularly hard on their... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6325-16
Organic
Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru Clos St. Jean
2016
Pinot Noir
Clos-Saint-Jean is a 14.5-hectare premier cru lying alongside the western side of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, just below... Read More
France Burgundy

DB8388-16
Organic
St. Aubin 1er Cru Les Castets
2016
Chardonnay
Les Castets is one of St. Aubin's smaller premiers crus, set above the village of St. Aubin with southeastern exposure and shelter... Read More
France Burgundy

DB0522-16
Organic
Santenay Vieilles Vignes
2016
Pinot Noir
At the southern end of the illustrious Côte d'Or, just southwest of Chassagne-Montrachet, the Santenay appellation is a productive one—only... Read More
France Burgundy

DB0525-16
Organic
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
2016
Chardonnay
From .70 hectare across 3 plots: Les Fairendes, Petits Clos and Les Brussonnes. Morey's Fairendes holding has been in the family since the... Read More
France Burgundy

DB0503-16
Organic
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées
2016
Chardonnay
Completely abandoned after the phylloxera crisis, the Embrazées (sometimes written as "Embazées") vineyard was resuscitated as part of a... Read More
France Burgundy

DB0118-16
Organic
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Baudines
2016
Chardonnay
Baudines occupies the extreme southwest corner of Chassagne-Montrachet, facing due southeast, well-exposed but sheltered at elevations... Read More
France Burgundy

DB0522-15
Organic
Santenay Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
At the southern end of the illustrious Côte d'Or, just southwest of Chassagne-Montrachet, the Santenay appellation is a productive one—only... Read More
France Burgundy

DB8388-15
Organic
St. Aubin 1er Cru Les Castets
2015
Chardonnay
Les Castets is one of St. Aubin's smaller premiers crus, set above the village of St. Aubin with southeastern exposure and shelter... Read More
France Burgundy

DB0505-15
Organic
Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière
2015
Pinot Noir
Maranges is the barely-attached, southernmost extension of the Côte d'Or, created only in 1989 and still a relatively obscure appellation.... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6325-15
Organic
Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru Clos St. Jean
2015
Pinot Noir
Clos-Saint-Jean is a 14.5-hectare premier cru lying alongside the western side of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, just below... Read More
France Burgundy