Chassagne-Montrachet and a Visit to Domaine Morey-Coffinet
Driving up from Lyon toward Beaune, the first stop on my trip to Burgundy was the town of Chassagne-Montrachet and a visit at Domaine Morey-Coffinet. Domaine Morey-Coffinet was one of the wineries featured in the excellent documentary: “A Year in Burgundy“. I had the opportunity to preview the movie when it was first released and by happy coincidence, I was able to make a social media connection with Thibault Morey. I was looking forward to meeting Thibault in person.
Arriving early, I had an opportunity to walk around the town a bit beforehand, but there isn’t much to see, unless you have an appointment! (click on any photo for the slideshow, escape to return to the post).
Through our connection on Facebook, Thibault Morey and I discovered common interests (beyond wine) in photography and downhill skiing/snowboarding. What a treat to meet in person! Arriving at the Domaine at the appointed time, we first toured the caves.
Thibaud took me through a variety of their 2015 whites and reds in barrel, then 2014’s from tank, just before bottling, then finishing up with 2013’s from bottle. Even as a non-expert, the differences between Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet were clear, as well as a demonstration of how a wine progresses from initial fermentation to bottle.
Morey-Coffinet has been working for several years to fully implement a biodynamic approach in the vineyard. Thibault noted they are not operating to the phases of the moon in the cellar at this point, but they may move that direction in the future.
Best of all, Domaine Morey-Coffinet wines are available in Minnesota, so I can enjoy them freely at home with the special understanding of the place where the grapes grow and the people who tend them. Warm thanks to Thibault Morey for a memorable visit!