Vincent Morey is one of Bernard Morey's sons that split the Domaine with his brother Thomas after his father retired about ten years ago. They both made beautiful wines, but as of late, I prefer Vincent Morey wines. He and his wife Sophie have dialed in their Domaine, and even the reds are fantastic. The light handedness for the reds makes these wines an absolute joy to drink. Vincent's Santenay 1er Passtemps is a home run in 2015.
The Morey's parcel is about 1/3 of a hectare from vines that are on average of 40+ years old located outside the village of Santenay on the way to Chassagne Montrachet. Working sustainably in the vineyard, the juice sees about 1/3 new oak and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aromas of red cherry, red currant, red plums, minerals, Christmas spices, and savory note flourish while the palate is very polished and refined with lovely balance and good depth of red fruits, minerals, and spice. The wine has a long palate-staining finish with lots of dry extract, and lingering red and blue fruits. This wine is an absolute pleasure to drink, and because of the perfect balance, it should age up to 10 years without issue. One of the most refined and precise Santenay's 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!
Allen Meadows 90 points! 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 points! 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)