Eric Morgat

France, Loire, Savennières

 
 

Organic


Coming from a family that has cultivated the terroirs of Anjou for more than two centuries, Eric Morgat created his own domaine in 1995 at the age of 25 in the Savennieres appellation. The vineyard was created entirely by buying and hand-restoring five parcels that had gone wild or been abandoned. He selected the best terroirs, certainly difficult to work but all carrying great promise. Today he cultivates 6 hectares, planted entirely in the Chenin grape and certified Organic since 2007. The soils are neither forced with manure nor herbicide. No chemical products have ever been used on the vines since he planted or purchased them. Morgat works the soil lightly in the spring and thereafter lets the grass grow naturally around the vines (where it can). Sometimes he sows seedlings of specific flowers in the rows which, after flowering, are incorporated into and orient the life of the soil. The gentleness of Anjou belies a more austere reality. Here the vine grows on the lower foothills of the Massif Armoricain. The soil is poor, being composed of schist or volcanic rock, without limestone or clay to hold moisture and rejuvenate it in the summer. Rainfall is low (only 400 to 600 mm annually) despite the influence of the ocean, which blows gentle and humid air to the region. The grapes are harvested by hand and transported in small crates to the press. Here is where in large part the quality emerges as the grapes are sorted with utmost attention and care, selecting the ones that have the optimum ripeness, but are not over-ripe. Morgat’s yields range from 20 to 30 hl/ha. As Eric Morgat puts it, “To create a great wine entails first of all an idea which draws its roots from what nature offers, such as the quality of a particular terroir and from the way in which we make use of this resource. To make wines which are precise and full of life, one must return to what is essential, to divest oneself of all artifice that technology proposes. One must make no concessions to that which we are bent on doing, but rather, which is more difficult, to take the risk of letting go and allow nature to trace its way. To throw oneself into the endeavor as if all depended upon us, and yet to accept that everything escapes us. And then to reinvent for each vintage.”

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Anjou "Litus" Chenin Blanc - Spilite volcanic rock Biodynamic
Savennières "Fides" Chenin Blanc - Schist Biodynamic