2018-C Domaine Olivier Morin "Constance" Chitry Blanc, Bourgogne, France (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
This wine has a beautiful pale golden hue with mustard ﬂecks, and aromas of citrus pith, lemon and ﬂint. With ripeness like that of the 2018 vintage, it is nicely textured with ﬂavors of pineapple core, Meyer lemon, and under-ripe stone fruit, and expresses a clean, energetic ﬁnish.
Since 1992, when Olivier Morin left a life in the music industry to take over his family’s domaine in the medieval town of Chitry-le-Fort—trading in his turntables for a tractorOlivier has never looked back. He and his wife, Nelly, tend some 30 acres of land in the department of the Yonne, between Auxerre and Chablis. The medieval village of Chitry-le-Fort is the center of the small Bourgogne Chitry appellation, and just a stone’s throw from the village of Chablis, with identical soils—Kimmeridgian and Portlandian limestone—which are very chalky and mineral-rich.
The estate is not certiﬁed organic but adheres to organic farming practices, including fermenting on indigenous yeasts, planting natural herbs between vineyard rows to prevent erosion and using only organic fertilizer in the ﬁelds. The soil is plowed to encourage vine roots to dig deep into the region’s chalky soils.
The 100% Chardonnay grapes were sourced from 10 – 25-year-old vines from north-facing estate vineyards on moderate slopes resting at 600 feet in altitude. Olivier’s cellar is located partially underground, allowing him to move juice and wine via gravity. Very little sulfur is added at any step in the winemaking process, and wines are bottled unﬁltered. After being harvested, the whole clusters were pressed directly, fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks on indigenous yeasts and aged in tank for one year.