Following the hand harvest, the fruit was 50% de-stemmed and fermented quite warm at 25-35 degrees Celsius in cement tanks for a week to 10 days, with some carbonic maceration. Following the malo-lactic fermentation the wine is racked and left in tank on fine lees for around 8-10 months prior to bottling.
Bright crimson ruby. Pungent red berries, exotic spices and candied lavender on the lively, mineral-accented nose. Dark rich fruit flavours with spice, violets and cranberries. The acidity is tight and fine, with ripe tannins and a flash of meat to the minerally finish.
Behind the 1722 entrance, the Domaines Louis-Claude Desvignes’s Cellars unveil 8 centuries of continuous production of Morgon from estate vineyards, 5 ha of which are in the most celebrated Cru of Cote du Py (including some 100 year old vines in Javernieres), and 8 Ha in Douby. Today brother and sister, Louis-Benoit and Claude, together carry forward the familial traditions of the Domaine. The soils are crumbly, crystalline rich in iron oxides, with layers of manganese, schists and ancient volcanic rock. All the wines are vinified and aged in cement tanks, with the aim of accentuating the minerality of the wines of Morgon.
WILLIAM KELLEY - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2017 Morgon La Voute Saint Vincent hails from the north of the cru where the soils are most granitic, and it’s the tangiest and most tensile wine in the Desvignes cellar, offering up aromas of crunchy cherries, cracked black pepper and licorice, followed by a medium to full-bodied, bright and energetic palate that’s decidedly crunchy and primary.
JOSH RAYNOLDS - VINOUS
Deep crimson. Red/blue fruit, liqueur, floral and earth aromas, along with hints of allspice, licorice and smoky minerals. Silky and broad on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, cherry, spicecake and lavender flavors that tighten up and become spicier with air. Smoothly balances richness and finesse and finishes with very good, mineral-driven intensity, even tannins and repeating florality. While this bottling is normally made entirely or almost entirely with whole clusters, hail damage in 2017 prompted the Desvignes team to use entirely destemmed fruit. The result is a wine that is somewhat more forward than usual, which is also a function of this ripe vintage.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Rose oil, cherry and strawberry, a little earth and spice, but mainly pretty and bright. Light to medium in body, frisky and sharp, a cranberry acidity and gentle grip of tannin, finish is tight and tangy with fresh strawberry acidity. Brisk. Good to drink.