GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir.
With a superb deep colour this silky wine releases aromas of small well-ripened red and black berries, as well as hints of spices. Its structure recalls the wines of Gevrey Chambertin.
VINEYARDS: The Morey Saint Denis vineyard is situated between Gevrey Chambertin to the north and Chambolle Musigny to the south, in the centre of the Côte de Nuits. The vineyard, very compact, surrounding the village, shows that the terracing has greatly contributed to the grading of the wines (height 250 to 360 m). The village offers 5 Grands Crus and 17 Premiers Crus of which "Clos des Ormes" is situated to the north of the vineyard next to the premiers crus "Aux Chezeaux", "Aux Charmes", "Les Charrières". The soil is clayey-chalk, well-drained.
VINTAGE: After some challenging growing conditions, the 2006 harvest landed safely. The Ban des Vendanges for whites was on the 18th September, and for reds this was on the 20th - although special dispensation was given to certain sites in the Côte de Beaune where there was a degree of rot. Sugar levels across both varieties were acceptable.
WINEMAKING: This premier cru is made in open vats (grapes removed from the stems) for about 3-4 weeks to give optimal expression to the soil. Then it is put into oak casks for maturation of about 15-18 months.