Eric Morgat

Coming from a family that has cultivated the terroirs of Anjou for more than two centuries, Eric Morgat created his own domaine in 1995 at the age of 25 in the Savennieres appellation. The vineyard was created entirely by buying parcels which had gone wild or been abandoned. He selected the best terroirs, certainly difficult to work but all carrying great promise. Today he cultivates 6 hectares, planted entirely in the Chenin grape. The cuvee L’Enclos is 2.9 hectares Savennieres and the first parcel Morgat planted. The terroir is composed of a bottom layer of lightly decomposed schist covered by 10-20 centimeters of windblown sand. There are 3 distinct sections in this parcel that one harvests and vinifies separately before the final blending. Fermentation and elevage in fut of 400 liters for one year, without racking. Several weeks before the next harvest the futs are blended into a cuve, and the wine remains there on the fine lies for another year. After 22 months of aging, the bottling takes place in summer at the rising moon. “A excellent indicator of terroir, the chenin grape already has great character, but grown on shale, or schist, it becomes intensely so, expressing itself in a tension of perfect acidity and minerality with a touch of pleasing bitterness. A bitterness that is perhaps a bit “baroque,” but which is simply splendid at the table.” - Eric Morgat

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