A signpost on the D974 is pretty much all that alerts you to this famous village, as you head north to Gevrey-Chambertin. The tiny hamlet is on the left as you head north, situated at the foot of the upper slopes of vineyards butting up against Gevrey-Chambertin. This commune of just 100ha is home to five prestigious Grand Cru’s (including the mighty Clos de Tart and Bonne-Mares) and twenty Premier Cru’s. As a village, Morey-St-Denis punches well above its stature.
The first thing to notice is a slight increase in gradient. Here it increases to around 15-27degrees, and the soil is a little paler, a sign of crumbly White Oolite above Primeux limestone, clay and scattered marl. This is a unique soil, and gives a perfume and elegance to the wines of Morey, especially the Premier Cru, with these better wines benefiting greatly from good drainage, an aspect perfectly slanted toward the south east, and better protection from the winds by the higher protective caps of the hills behind the vineyards. Essentially these Premier Cru lie just below the Grand Cru and are separated by a mere track in most cases. The style of wine is elegant yet full, with a distinct perfume and hint of chocolate and cherries.