Some estates I visit often, others rarely; but first and foremost, I try to taste interesting wines for the benefit of the readers – and of my palate and pleasure!
Morey-Coffinet is one of the estates I visit often, as I have a good relationship with the Danish importer and with Thibault Morey. I therefore have the chance to taste the wines several times each year – giving me the opportunity to follow the wines during elevage and see how they develop from harvest to bottling.
While tasting wines once a year is fine, one needs to have some estates where there can be two or even more tastings a year, to see how the wines develop over time in cask. This is very important, and is a part of my program each year.
I have written about Domaine Morey-Coffinet several times … see the articles below:
- Terroir Insight: Domaine Morey-Coffinet Bâtard-Montrachet
- Terroir Insight: Domaine Morey-Coffinet Chassagne Dent de Chien
- The grace and energy of the 2019s – visit to Domaine Morey-Coffinet
- Visit Domaine Morey-Coffinet, tasting the 2018 whites
- Visit Domaine Morey-Coffinet – Impressions from tasting the 2018s
The Morey-Coffinet 2018s
Let’s face it: 2018 was a hot year, and regardless of the talent of the vigneron, this is the basis of the vintage.
Burgundy’s vignerons are, however, more and more accustomed to hot conditions, as global warming has been taunting the area for more than a decade.
I am actually (pleasantly) surprised by many of the whites from the 2018 vintage, as they often have fine, vivid freshness and energy despite the climatic conditions.
This is the case with the Morey-Coffinet wines: a fine and vivid style, with only one or two having a somewhat hot character.
I am amazed to see what Thibault can produce. The biodynamic viticulture here is – in my view – really showing its advantages, presumably leading to better acidity/ph levels, and therefore greater freshness.
But enough talk … more tasting.
The wines tasted at Domaine Morey-Coffinet
I have tasted the white 2018s from cask several times. These notes represent a tasting done in May 2019.
Domaine Morey-Coffinet Bourgogne blanc 2018
The Bourgogne blanc is a generous glass, finely balanced, with impressive length and depth for this level (like the 2017). This is somewhat richer and more dense than the 2017, but I do like the 2018 just the same. Would love to taste this with a dish that is slightly spicy.
(Drink From 2019) – Good – (84 – 85p) – tasted 22/05/2019
Domaine Morey-Coffinet Saint-Romain Sous Le Chateau 2018
The Saint-Romain Sous Le Chateau is rather rich and somewhat dense, but with fine energy and freshness. It has good balance despite its somewhat dense stance – a classic Saint-Romain in the making.
(Drink From 2021) – Good++ – (86 – 87p) – tasted 22/05/2019
Domaine Morey-Coffinet Chassagne-Montrachet 2018
The Chassagne village is on the dense side – it seems big and somewhat hot currently, and is one of the question marks of the 2018 range. It is offering classic Chassagne notes, and the freshness is ok, yet the rather dense nature does seem to beg for some spicy food to show it at its best. Let’s see what happens during elevage.
(Drink From 2023) – Very Good – (87p) – tasted 22/05/2019
Domaine Morey-Coffinet Meursalt V.V. 2018
The Meursault V.V. (negoce) is, as always, a bit generous; still, it is fresher and better balanced that the Chassagne. The mid-palate is ripe, yet vivid and fresh, offering a lovely Meursault note. This is an enjoyable wine – rich, and with a lovely mineral note supporting the finish.
(Drink From 2025) – Very Good – (88 – 89p) – tasted 22/05/2019
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