The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru comes from four separate vineyards: Ruchots, Les Millandes, Les Sorbets and Charrieres (I can confirm that Alex Seysses can remember them all, so do ask him!) It has an attractive bouquet of blackberry and wild hedgerow, a distinct marine influence emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, a touch of cola and moderate depth, but maybe just lacking the complexity of the 2015 or 2016 toward the finish. Drink over the next 10 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
Robert Parker 91
Aromas of plums, cherries, raw cocoa, espresso roast and grilled meats introduce the 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, a medium-bodied wine with tangy acids and a succulent core of fruit that largely conceals its fine structuring tannins.
Average 85% whole bunch. Les Ruchots, Les Millandes, Les Sorbes and Les Charrieres. Barrel sample. Lightish cherry red. Ripe and spicily seductive on the nose. Rich and with lovely ripe cherry fruit on the palate, with a paper-fine framework giving shape. Supple and lively on the mid palate and finishes with long, dry finesse. Very persistent. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2027