Domaine Armand Heitz "1er Cru Morgeot" Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 2019
Pinot Noir｜Burgundy, France
Be among the first and only to own this beautiful (and rare) single vineyard Chassagne ROUGE from the domaine of Armand Heitz.
The 2019s are just now starting to roll in and the praise for the vintage has been universally effusive. One Burgundian winemaker, Bernard Hervet (of Bouchard and Faively fame) says it could “perhaps rival 1865, the greatest vintage of all”. The cadre of releases do remind me of the glorious 2005 Burgundies, a vintage that is still going strong some sixteen years later.
Heitz-Lochardet goes back to 1857 in Burgundy, when Armand Heitz's great-great-grandfather, Georges Lochardet, acquired small plots of prestigious vines across Burgundy. In the 19th century the family sold off most of their land, retaining just the very best plots in Volnay, Pommard, Chassagne, and Meursault. Their vineyard holdings have been thusly distilled down through the centuries to now represent the most valued and priceless plots.
Vineyards are farmed biodynamically (organics taken to the next level), employing regenerative agriculture and permaculture interspersed with livestock and highly-sought after produce, used in the numerous Michelin restaurants in the region. Sulfur is kept to a minimum and the wines are bottled unfiltered, retaining all the inherent Bourguignon qualities aficionados look for.
The premier cru rated "Morgeot" vineyard lies in the southern portion of Chassagne, known mostly for its white wines – Pinot is a minority here and highly coveted! The plot dates back to at least the 12th century, when the Gallic chapel and communal bread oven anchored the site.
With pedigree and finesse shown throughout, this is just a gorgeous Pinot that's only getting started. It's tightly wound, with an herbal, fleshy intensity that's only starting to develop. Underlying power and forest-floor woodsy notes start to emerge after a few hours, hinting at serious complexity and heft down the line. I strongly urge you to hold this, and not drink immediately but if you do, decant for 1-2 hours to allow the character to reveal itself.
Brian Sieve of the prestigious Domaine de Montille opines of the 2019s, "I advise everyone to stock up. If it turns out as well as 1865, it will be money well spent." Take heed!