Domaine Joseph Burrier Morgon Grand Cras 2017

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The Burriers have been a prominent winegrowing family in southern Burgundy since the 15th Century and have owned the Château de Beauregard in Pouilly-Fuissé for six generations. Frédéric-Marc Burrier is the current family member in charge and produces several wines from Pouilly-Fuissé, Mâcon, and Beaujolais.  

Grand Cras is one of Morgon’s six climats and lies just below Côte de Py. Grand Cras is made up of decomposed rocks and brittle schists known as “roche pourries” which lend a spicy and mineral flavor to the wine. The climat slopes towards the east and has good sun exposure resulting in wines that are deep in color and flavor.  

The vines are gobelet-trained and have an average vine age of 40 years. Hand-harvested grapes are mostly destemmed and macerated for 9 days during pigéage and remontage. Traditional ‘Burgundian’ fermentation is followed by 15 months aging in used 228-liter Pièce. The wine is lightly filtered before bottling.  

Tasting Notes

Grand Cras is deep in color and shows the black cherry fruit typical of Morgon. Notes of minerals and black pepper will remind some tasters of wines from the Rhône. With time in bottle, Morgon Grand Cras develops an earthy and truffle character reminiscent of great aged red Burgundy.  

Food Pairing

Gamay has low tannins and refreshing acidity, making it an ideal red wine partner with dark fish such as grilled salmon or tuna. It can also be an excellent contrast to foods that are oily, fatty, or high in salt, such as saucisson sec or roasted meat. It is at home with classic bistro fare such as roast chicken or steak frites. 

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Beaujolais
Vineyard name:
Grand Cras
Soil composition:
Decomposed schist and granite.
Training method:
Gobelet
Exposure:
Eastern
Average Vine Age:
40 years
Bottles produced of this wine:
6,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Gamay
Maceration technique:
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
6 to 9 days days
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Pièce
Size of aging container:
228-liter
Age of aging container:
Used
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
10 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.0 %
pH level:
3.8
Residual sugar:
0.2 g/L
Acidity:
3.3 g/L
Total SO2:
72.0 mg/L

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