Morgon and Fleurie Crus
My dry-farmed vines in Morgon and Fleurie are over 70-years-old and scratch out their existence in crumbled pink granite soils. Located on slopes at 400m and 475m altitude, it's a unique area which makes small lots of delicious wines. I farm my vineyards organically, and they are ploughed by draft horses. I also incorporate many biodynamic practices, bat boxes, insect “hotels” and more. My Gamay Noir vines are also hand-pruned, hand-harvested and hand-sorted. In the cellar they are handled with a very delicate, minimal, natural touch.
I’m often asked; “But what does Gamay Noir taste like?” Well, most of the worlds Gamay Noir is grown in France. It can be made in a few different styles (just like, say, Chardonnay), but the best, as in Morgon and Fleurie, are medium-bodied, full-fruited dry red wines. The best are deep ruby red, with wonderfully fresh aromas of herbs and flowers. Gamay Noir texture is silky and often offers a “pop” of bright fruit. Taste a few and you can decide. They have tannins, yes, but they are usually smooth, and high-quality – never “drying”. The “cru” typically do not see new oak so they will remind you more of a velvety, nervy Pinot Noir (Gamay Noirs genetic parent btw), than Cabernet, Zinfandel or Syrah. The classics are known to age well, too. Gamay Noir meticulously grown in these "cru" sites will deliver unforgettable experiences – don’t miss them. A fifteen-minute visit to your refrigerator before enjoying will really help them show their stuff. Absolutely top notch.
Pre-order your allocation of my 2022 Domaine Jonathan Pey Morgon 22 Cru "Bellevue" for delivery in January 2024. Only 325 cases were made. My Fleurie “Fonfotin” will be announced in January 2022.
The above photo is of Château de Montmelas, the 12th century wine cellar we call home.
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