Maison L'Envoye - Morgon - Cote du Py
Overview: Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L’Envoyé traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago and Tasmania, we champion many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. This project has been a standout since our debut in 2011 including Wine & Spirits naming Maison L’Envoyé a ‘Winery To Watch’ in 2015. Originating in Burgundy, we pursued gilded terroir to craft this region’s grape trinity: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay Noir. Yet from this tenor of focus and commitment a global fellowship emerged, with terroir-driven Pinot Noir as the linchpin. In Burgundy, our winemaking team is based in the town of Beaune, drawing from several sites including the Premier Cru, Savigny Les Beaune ‘Les Marconnets’ and our own monopole, Chateau Vivier, in Beaujolais’ Fleurie cru. In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, carefully selected rows of Pinot Noir are sourced from both volcanic and sedimentary based soils primarily in Yamhill-Carlton, Ribbon Ridge and Eola-Amity Hills. In both Tasmania and Central Otago, it was discovering a single vineyard, each family owned and farmed, that are outstanding examples of purely expressed Pinot Noir that compelled the team to expand its portfolio to these exemplary Pinot regions.
Tasting Notes: Powerful aromas of dark berries, blood orange with fennel and forest floor nuances. The palate is rich and layered yet lively. Blackberry and Christmas cake flavors are balanced by the fresh natural acidity and a well-placed tannin backbone. A serious yet versatile Côte du Py.
Pairing: Turkey Bugers, Roasted Spring Vegetables Pasta
Points: 91 Wine & Spirits, 90 Robert Parker
Format / ABV: 750 ml / 13.5
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