Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2016

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS Call 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • Visit us at • Complimentary delivery on all orders over $150 in NY and CT 43 r hone a s the scores went up for certain village wines, so did the price of bottles, and before we knew it, that $35 bottle of fantastic Rhone wine that we loved had become allocated and started selling for twice (or three times) as much. We're here to tell you that those days aren't really over and that the only thing that's changed are the villages which are producing these under the radar gems. It's throughout these historic villages that we are finding producers with over a century's worth of family winemaking under their belt and a terroir which differs enough to make each of them truly unique. ✦ Transcending A Region Jérôme Bressy grew up in a family of grape growers, who would sell their entire production to the local cooperative. However, in 1989, his father decided to switch to organic farming. This decision gave Jérôme the perfect raw materials he needed to realize his dream. In 1996, at the age of 23, Jérôme became the first winemaker of the family and began bottling their entire production; Gourt de Mautens was born. The vines, at ages between 45-100 years old, sit on steep, terraced slopes and on hillside vineyards, with soils made up of chalky, clay marls. Here, everything is done by hand, and Jérôme took his father's vision a step further by switching to full biodynamic farming in 2008. Each wine is produced primarily with either Grenache or Grenache Blanc, yet complemented by a mix of other indigenous Rhone varieties. This prevents Jérôme from using the Rasteau appellation on his label, even though he is considered the region's greatest producer. Domaine Gourt de Mautens v aucluse Rouge 2012 JD 95 » $65 "...knocks it out of the park...this is a beast of a wine that stays balanced and thrillingly drinkable." (1413089) Domaine Gourt de Mautens v aucluse Blanc 2013 JD 91 » $65 "...a gorgeous, yet downright exotic effort...a medium to full- bodied, layered, rich style...I love its complexity." (1413096) We used to talk about the great value that could be found in the southern Rhone, but much has changed. l ooking b eyond c hâ T eauneu F du p ape

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