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 a very low yield. 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 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.
Production: 750-900 cases
Notes: La Roche Pilée replaces "Bio-Vitis" in the Guignier lineup. This was always a single vineyard cuvee and so a name change was in order. Seductive, structured and round with a fine mineral line running through the middle of the wine, this Morgon promises a few good years of evolution.
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2016 Morgon Bio Vitis comes from the lieu-dit of La Roche Pilée and it spends six months in barrel. It has a lifted, quite stony bouquet that translates its terroir with some conviction. The aromatics are well defined with brambly red berry fruit and a hint of pressed rose petal. The palate is slightly herbaceous on the entry. It does not possess the flesh and depth of the 2015, although it is balanced with well judged acidity, just tapering in a little toward the finish.