Domaine Gry-Sablon – Beaujolais

The Morel family has been making wine in the heart of the Beaujolais-Villages appellation for five generations.  The estate includes 17 hectares of vineyards in Emeringes, Regnie, Fleurie, Saint Amour, Morgon, Moulin A Vent, Brouilly and Julienas.  The current winemaker, Dominique Morel, studied oenology in Beaune and Dijon for seven years before taking over production responsibilities.

The vines range from 45-71 years of age and are primarily located on granitic slopes.  The grapes are picked by hand and 30-40% are destemmed before fermentation.  Elevage is in stainless steel with 5 months sur lie for richness and texture.

The end result is an really attractive set of deep red colored, fleshy wines with  lush berry and cherry fruits and floral hints combined with delightful minerality and fresh acidity.  The estate is in the forefront of quality production in the appellation.

 

Wines Produced

Beaujolais-Villages Emeringes
Regnie Les Forchots
Fleurie Vieilles Vignes
Saint Amour Les Tines
Morgon Douby
Julienas La Petite Cabane
Brouilly Eligo
Moulin A Vent Vieilles Vignes
Morgon Cuvee Tradition Eleve en Fut de Chene

 

 Distributors:

New Hampshire:  Vinilandia
Vermont:  Vermont Wine Merchants
Rhode Island:  Wine Bros
New Jersey:  Maximum Wine
New York:  Maximum Wine
Illinois:  Louis Glunz Wines
Michigan:  Crush Wine Distributors
Montana:  Eagle Beverage

 

Emeringes2013/2014 Gry-Sablon, Beaujolais-Villages Emeringes

100% Gamay Noir 45 year old vines   granite soils

70% whole clusters  7-8 day maceration   sur lies 5-6 months   aromas of strawberry and raspberry

Fine minerality    lovely balance between ripe fruit and acidity

 

 

 

 

 

Julienas2014 Gry-Sablon, Julienas La Petite Cabane

100% Gamay Noir   69 year old vines  60% whole clusters   elevage in stainless steel   5-6 months sur lie

Fragrant red fruit and rose petals in nose

Black cherry, spice and toast on palate with ripe chocolate tannins  great length and balance

 

 

 

 

 

Fleurie2013 Gry-Sablon, Fleurie Vieilles Vignes

Average age of vines is 55 years, some over 100 years old     pure granite soil 1.2m deep over bedrock

Dark purple color  rich black fruits

Lots of minerality with fresh, clean acidity

Concentrated, but elegant and not heavy

 

 

 

 

Brouilly2013 Gry-Sablon, Brouilly Eligo

100% Gamay Noir   45 year old vines   granite soil

Purchased grapes       lush blackberry and cherry fruit

Supple tannins   fine texture   concentrated and and layered

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgon Douby2014 Gry-Sablon, Morgon Douby

100 % Gamay Noir   Over 50 year old vines   decomposed granite soil with dark sand

Very mineral     deep dark stony fruits  elevage in stainless steel 6 months sur lie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgon2012 Gry-Sablon, Morgon Cuvee Tradition Eleve en Fut de Chene

2.91 hectares   soil rich with crumbly, crystalline iron oxide rocks  goblet pruned with dense 8,500 vines per hectare  vines 53 years old in 2012 100% Gamay Noir

Hand picked  60% whole clusters, 40% destemmed

Vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel

Aged in 1 year old oak barrels for 10-11 months

Complex aromas of fresh cherries, vanilla, spice and oak  on palate layers of cherry, vanilla and chocolate tannins mixed with minerals and spices   long, rich finish  classic match with steaks, lamb, game and rich dishes