Around 40 year old vineyard, mainly from chalky soils called “caillottes” with some deeper soils owning more clay called “terres blanches”. Fermentation in tanks and wine kept on lees for 6 months. Bottled without filtration.
The Vieilles Vignes cuvée is very ripe, complex and just the paradigm of Sancerre on the nose. On the palate it is concentrated, tight and profound with a perfect mosaic of fruit and mineral tones and an exquisite finish
92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Sancerre Vieilles Vignes from the Morin family offers a masculine, mineral-laced style as well as plenty of candied lemons and citrus fruit. Medium-bodied, racy, and incredibly impressive on the palate, it stays tight and focused, with a chiseled, crystalline texture that makes you salivate. This is an awesome Sancerre to seek out. (5/22/19)"
91+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The 2017 Sancerre 'Vieilles Vignes' from Pierre Morin is a lovely wine and a very classic example of Bué Sancerre, with lovely and generous fruit tones, fine limestone undertow and plenty of floral elements mixing with the cut grass. The bouquet delivers scents of gooseberry, lime, chalky soil tones, fresh-culled grass, spring flowers and a hint of orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and wide open, with good acids and focus, plenty of depth at the core and a long, complex and zesty finish. Lovely juice. 2018-2023. (Sep/Oct 2018)"
Pierre Morin harkens back to the past with the certainty that great wine can only be made from low yields and grapes harvested by hand. Pierre practices organic viticulture.
For all wines in all vintages, Morin practices Lutte Raisonée farming of the vines, never using herbicides or chemical fertilizers. In every vintage (with his severe pruning and selection at harvest) Pierre yields on average a meager 40 hl/ha. For us he sets aside his oldest vines from various parcels, including Chene Marchand which makes the richest most intense wine he offers.
Vine Age - 45 years (avg.)
Soil Type - Chalky soils and some clay
Farming Type - Sustainable
Viniculture - Fermentation in steel tanks with the wine kept on the lees for 6 months (not stirred). Bottled unfiltered.