Gérard & Pierre Morin

France, Loire, Sancerre



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Pierre Morin harkens back to the past with the certainty that great wine can only be made from low yields and grapes harvested by hand. Pierre practices organic viticulture. Chene Marchand is the richest most fruitful of his parcel-selected cuvées. The Cuvée Ovide is from a parcel of 65 year old vines on “Caillotte,” which adjoins the village of Bué. Chant de l’Orme, from 50+ year old vines on a parcel in Lieu dit Les Grands Champs, nearer Sancerre, is partially vinified in older demi-muids. For all wines in all vintages, Morin practices Lutte Raisonée farming of the vines, never using herbicides or chemical fertilizers. In every vintage (with his severe pruning and selection at harvest) Pierre yields on average a meager 40 hl/ha. For us he sets aside his oldest vines from various parcels, including Chene Marchand which makes the richest most intense wine he offers. The Vieilles Vignes cuvée is very ripe, complex and just the paradigm of Sancerre on the nose. On the palate it is concentrated, tight and profound with a perfect mosaic of fruit and mineral tones and an exquisite finish.


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Sancerre Rosé Pinot Noir 30 years Limey soils Sustainable
Sancerre Vieilles Vignes Sauvignon Blanc 45 years (avg.) Chalky soils Sustainable
Sancerre "Chêne Marchand" Sauvignon Blanc 30 years Chalky soils and white stones Sustainable
Sancerre Cuvée Ovide Sauvignon Blanc 65+ years Caillottes Sustainable
Sancerre "Chant de L'Orme" Sauvignon Blanc 50 years Clayey-Limey soils Sustainable
Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir 35+ years Clay and Caillottes Sustainable
Sancerre "Bellechaume Rouge"  Pinot Noir 20 years Clayey-chalky soil Sustainable