Vineyard: From La Roche Pilée vineyard in the heart of the Morgon appellation at the base of the famed Cote du Py hillside (1.70 hectares).
Orientation: South facing with a slight slope.
Soil: "Decomposed granite and crumbly schist referred to regionally as "rotten rock"". Natural composting kick-starts bacterial activity in the soil that is very beneficial to the vines.
Viticulture: 60-year-old vines with very low yields. Extensive pruning to further limit the yield; No chemical pesticides, fertilisers or herbicides used, giving a totally natural wine; all bunches are picked by hand and very carefully sorted to retain only the fully ripened whole bunches.
Vinification: No sulphur pitched for fermentation. Semi carbonic maceration for up to 12 days. Using an old vertical press, pressing is very slow and gentle, crushing only the fruit and not the seeds.
Aging: In barrels on fine lees between 5 and 13 months. The barrels are old as the aim is to allow the wine to breathe without giving it a woody taste. The end of alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation takes place in oak barrels. Light sulphur is added after malo-lactic fermentation and at bottling to ensure the wine keeps well over time.
Notes: Bio-Vitis is the name Michel Guignier gave to this wine composed of 100% Agribio-certified fruit from La Roche Pilée, a site located at the base of the famed Cote du Py hillside in Morgon. The wine is a selection of old vines that are barrel fermented in neutral oak. It is the most structured wine in the Guignier lineup with classic red fruit character, sappiness and a seductive, round mouthfeel.
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2015 Morgan Bio Vitis comes from 50 hectares of vine and spent 6 months in barrel on the fine lees. I actually tasted this after the 2015 Beaujolais and perversely I felt that it did not possess the same purity of fruit or convey the same joie-de-vivre. Fortunately the palate is better with ripe fleshy tannin, plenty of spicy, soy-tinged dark cherry fruit and impressive depth on the finish. Yet it still does not quite deliver the composure of the 2015 Beaujolais! Nevertheless, this remains a very decent Morgon, but I expect more once it ages in bottle.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The vines for Michel Guignier’s Bio-Vitis bottling are now sixty-five years of age, and as old vines have realized the greatest success in 2015, it is not surprising that this cuvée is outstanding. The wine offers up a deep, sappy and black fruity nose of plums, black cherries, a touch of balsamic overtones, gamebird, dark soil tones, violets and woodsmoke. This wine is ripe and sappy, but never even approaches the line towards overripeness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent focus and grip, firm, chewy tannins, very good balance and a long, youthful and very promising finish. This is a puppy and will need some bottle age to really blossom, but it is a very successful 2015 that should age long and gracefully. 2020-2045+.