We are leaving no stone unturned and found this stunning bottle of red Burgundy locally. Vincent Morey is one of Bernard Morey’s sons that split Domaine his brother Thomas after his father retired about ten years ago. They both made lovely wines but have of late, and I prefer Vincent Morey wines. He and his wife Sophie, seem to have the wines dialed in. I’m also a massive fan of the red wines from the Cote de Beaune white Burgundy producers. The light handedness for the reds makes these wines an absolute joy to drink. Vincent’s Santenay 1er Passtemps was a home run in 2015. This vineyard is located outside the village of Santenay on your way to Chassagne Montrachet. Morey’s parcel is about 1/3 of a hectare from a vine average of 40+ years. The vines are worked sustainably, and this wine sees about 1/3 new oak and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Here is my tasting note: Aromas of red cherry, red currant, red plums, minerals, Christmas spices, and savory component. The palate is very polished and refined with lovely balance, good depth, red fruits, minerals, and spice dominating. The wine has a long palate-staining finish with lots of dry extracts and lingering red, blue fruits. This wine is an absolute joy to drink, and because of the perfect balance, it should age up to 10 years, no problem. One of the most refined and precise Santenay we have tasted from a commune where the wines can be a little rustic. It also looks like this wine has gone in the right direction in the couple years since Burghound’s and Dunnuck’s reviews below!
Burghound 90 pts! Once again there is enough wood to merit mentioning though not so much as to suppress the ripe aromas of plum, dark raspberry and plentiful earth nuances. There is a lovely sense of energy to the relatively sleekly textured flavors, indeed they are notably finer than those of the Hâtes while offering significantly better depth and persistence as well. Worth considering for value. (Drink starting 2021)
Jeb Dunnuck 90 pts! Morey’s 2015 Santenay Rouge 1Er Cru Passetemps is an outstanding Pinot Noir and a good value in the Vineyard Brands portfolio. Offering terrific focus and a laser-like precision in its black cherry, black raspberry, scorched earth and mineral-driven aromas and flavors, this beauty is medium-bodied, fresh and lively on the palate, as well as undeniably delicious. Enjoy it over the coming 3-4 years. (Drink between 2018-2022)