Dominique Morel

Beaujolais, beaujolais France

This family-run winery based just north of Fleurie dates back to the early 1900s and has been run by current Winemaker Dominique Morel since 1967. Dominique’s philosophy is to make wines he likes to drink, with plenty of fruit, a good colour and a rounded mouthfeel.

Dominique has 18 hectares in total (three of which are in Fleurie), up to 70 years of age which are situated on relatively low vigour granite soils. As a result, the vines have to struggle to survive, but stressed vines produce superior and beautifully concentrated fruit. His Beaujolais Blanc is 100% Chardonnay from granitic-clay soil, which produces a wine with distinct freshness and excellent fruit concentaration. The grapes are gently pressed and fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks, to preserve the delicate fruit. The wine undergoes lees-ageing for four to five months which lends texture and roundness to balance the acidity. Dominique’s red wines are treated minimally in the cellar, undergoing a semi-carbonic maceration to extract colour, aroma and tannin before fermentation takes place over five to eight days. The wines remain in stainless steel and are naturally stabilised by the low temperatures, so Dominique does not need to undertake aggressive fining and filtration.

The Beaujolais-Villages has delicate perfumes of fresh red cherries and violets. The Fleurie, which comes from 45-year-old vines, has a lovely concentration on the palate. An elegant wine which is well-balanced with bright and lifted acidity. The Chiroubles is fragrant with abundant red cherry fruit and an expressive, poised palate with a lifted finish.


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