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The wines of Domaine Morat/Chataigneraie-Laborier, Mâcon, Burgundy, France

Les Bruyeres, Vergisson 71960, France
Ph: +33 (0)3 85 35 85 51 E
-mail: gil-morat@wanadoo.fr

The vineyards of Pouilly-Fuisse and St Veran

Domaine Morat (previously known as Chataigneraie-Laborier) is an organic producer based in Vergisson, a village a few miles west of Macon. It’s owned by Gilles and Joëlle Morat, and is the fifth generation of the same family.

Soils are rich in clay and limestone, and show some heterogeneity, which is reflected in the different cuvees. The vineyards are worked manually with no pesticides or herbicides, and organic fertlizers only are used.

These wines are stocked in the UK by HG Wines (www.hgwines.co.uk), whose prices are given.

Domaine Chataigneraie-Laborier St Veran 2007
Focused and fresh with dense citrussy fruit and good acidity. Really expressive with lots of flavour, yet still fresh with it.
Lovely. 90/100 (£9.40)

Domaine Chataigneraie-Laborier Pouilly Fuisse ‘Terres du Menhir’ 2006
Broad, aromatic, ripe nutty nose with honeyed apple and pear fruit. The palate is broad, concentrated and slightly nutty with lovely textured fruit. Delicious, complex and fruit driven. 91/100

Domaine Chataigneraie-Laborier Pouilly Fuisse ‘Belemnites’ 2005
Named after the small fossils found in this vineyard. Complex nose with minerals, nuts and herbs. Lovely focus and aromatics. The palate is dense and concentrated with thrilling complexity and minerality. Stylish stuff with nice acidity on the finish. 93/100 (£11.30)

Domaine Chatagineraie-Laborier Pouilly Fuisse ‘La Roche’ 2005
Nutty, toasty nose with fine aromatics. Dense and tight with a citrussy edge. The palate is concentrated and rounded with lovely fresh minerality and taut herby complexity. Stylish stuff with real focus. 93/100 (£9.75)

Wines tasted 09/08  
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