Cote du Rhone Villages A.C., Rhone
Founded in 2007 by Michel Chapoutier and Pierre-Henri Morel, the winery produces high-end wines from the Southern Rhône Valley. Pierre-Henri Morel focuses on small parcels with great terroir identity to produce small volumes of high quality grenache, syrah and mourvèdre. The heart of the house is Châteauneuf-du-Pape where the winery owns 4 hectares (Pignan, Bois Dauphin, Cabrières and Palestor).
- FRA - Rhône
A real sleeper of the vintage is Morel’s 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Signargues. This dense plum/ruby wine exhibits loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium body, and plenty of spice and earth. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years.
Pierre-Henri Morel, who works with Michel Chapoutier, has his own estate in the southern Rhone, and these wines all emerge from his holdings and/or purchases. Obviously, the 2008s have to take a backseat to the 2009 bottlings, but I thought the wines fared well for such a tough vintage. Rating 89-91 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (OCT/2010)