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Morey-Saint-Denis Wine

Morey-St-Denis is a commune and corresponding appellation in the Cote de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy. The village is home to 20 Premier Crus, but is better known for its four Grand Cru climats – five if one includes the northern section of Bonnes-Mares, which crosses over from neighboring Chambolle-Musigny.

The village of Morey-Saint-Denis
© BIVB / GADENNE D.

The communal Morey-Saint-Denis appellation was created in December 1936 and covers the production of both red and white wines, made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes respectively. The vast majority of the wines produced under the appellation are red, with about 5% devoted to white wines – similar to Fixin and Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Prior to the introduction of the Morey-Saint-Denis appellation, wines from the village were often sold under the better-known names of Morey's neighbors, Gevrey-Chambertin or Chambolle-Musigny. A decade prior to this, in 1927, Morey had followed the example of these two villages in appending the title of a prized vineyard to its existing name. Oddly, the vineyard in question here, Clos Saint-Denis, is not viewed as the finest of the commune's climats (that honor goes to Clos de la Roche). However, it is a well-known Grand Cru. There was much deliberation in the village (then known as Morey-en-Montagne) about which vineyard name should be used, and the decision to opt for Clos Saint-Denis remains a point of discussion to this day.

The commune currently has about 345 acres (140ha) under vine, divided almost equally between the village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru classifications (see French wine label information). The vines are planted on thin, well-drained, oolitic limestone on the higher slopes and richer soils with a high marlstone component on the lower slopes. As is standard for a Cote d'Or commune, Morey's vineyards range in altitude from 800 to 1200ft (245m–365m). The village-level vineyards are located on the lower and very highest slopes, while the Grand Crus and Premier Crus occupy the heart of the mid-slope, with their precise distribution depending  on the soil make-up and aspect of the plots.

The style of an archetypal Morey-Saint-Denis wine is a mid-point between the firm, substantial style of Gevrey-Chambertin and the bold, but slightly more open, perfumed style of Chambolle-Musigny. This is a generalization, of course, as the variation of terroir within the commune is sufficient to create multiple, very different styles of wine.

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Here are some wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $384 136
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $499 177
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $172 185
Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $574 253
Domaine Dujac Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $530 514
Domaine Dujac Morey-Saint-Denis, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $88 566
Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $360 747
Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Clos de la Bussiere, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $153 1493
Domaine Ponsot Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $607 1551
Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $1,467 1856
Domaine Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $461 2080
Domaine Ponsot Cuvee des Alouettes, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $117 2899
Louis Jadot Domaine Gagey Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $215 4188
Maison Nicolas Potel Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $182 4931
Domaine Dujac Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $152 5720
Domaine des Monts Luisants Morey-Saint-Denis, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $51 6882
Domaine des Lambrays Les Loups, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $88 6988
Joseph Drouhin Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $165 7066
Domaine Bertagna Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $129 7168
Domaine Georges Lignier & Fils Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $111 7504
Mommessin La Forge de Tart, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $169 7702
Domaine Ponsot Clos des Monts Luisants Vieilles Vignes, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, France Aligote $99 8042
Domaine des Monts Luisants Les Monts Luisants, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $70 8099
Domaine Amiot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $106 8218
Domaine Arlaud Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Pinot Noir $126 8218
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