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Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru Genavrières

Morey-Saint-Denis Les Genavrières

Premier Cru


  • Cellaring

    Optimal consumption: 10 to 25 years

    Ageing potential: 35 years

  • Tasting temperature

    16°C (61-62°F)



Grape variety

Pinot Noir


Producing commune: Morey-Saint-Denis.

Site: Morey-Saint-Denis may be in the shadow of its illustrious neighbors Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny, but its Premier Cru les Genavrières, close to the famous Grand Cru Clos de la Roche is a little gem. The vineyard is on a gradual slope with a good east exposure.

History & tradition: the etymology of the appellation derives from « genevrier » (juniper), a shrub with prickly needles and purple berries which enjoys the limestone soils of the region.

Soil: a mix of chalky marl with broken-up white rocks from the limestone underlayer.



by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

The Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru les Genavrières offers a bright red colour. Its rich nose exudes a beautiful finesse on spicy notes. The palate reveals fruit aromas mingling with hints of liquorice and spices. Sustained aromatic aftertaste.



2020 vintage has been highlighted by a remarkable concentration. The wines have a beautiful intense ruby colour. The nose is very expressive and complex with red and black fruits. The nuances of the terroirs are already perceptible. A great vintage to keep.

Vintage review


Supply: this wine comes from grapes and musts purchased from supply partners according to rigorous specifications.

Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.

Vinification: whole crop harvest of 20 to 50% depending on the vintage. In accordance with the terroir and the profile of the vintage, we do 2 to 3 weeks of fermentation and maceration in small open vats, marked by punching of the cap and pumping-over. The yeasts are indigenous (natural). Pressing in a vertical press. Separation of the ends of the presses based on tasting.

Ageing:  in oak barrels including 25% of new barrels.
The ageing lasts between 14 to 18 months.

Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.

Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.