Henry Fessy Morgon

Henry Fessy Morgon

£14.50 / bottle
£165.30 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Henry Fessy Morgon is red wine from the Beaujolais region and is made from 100% Gamay grapes.

Henry Fessy is located in the heart of the Beaujolais region and their winery is located in the shadow of Mont Brouilly. They are somewhat of a Beaujolais Cru specialist and have vineyards in 9 out of the 10 Cru appellations. The Fessy family moved from the Loire region to Beaujolais in the late 19th Century and began growing grapes. The company itself was founded in 1888 and went on to become grower, negociant and winemaker. After many years in family hands, in 2008 the Fessy family sold the estate to one of Maison Louis Latour, one of the largest, and still family-owned, producers of Burgundy. Latour made significant investments in the domaine, winery and facilities and, with the appointment of director and winemaker Laurent Chevalier in 2009, the company has prospered.

Morgon is the second largest village in Beaujolais after Brouilly, the total appellation size is 1079 hectares. Henry Fessy have 2 hectares of Gamay vines with an average vine age of 50 years old. The appellation is approximately in the middle of Beaujolais. It is adjacent to Chiroubles and Fleurie to the North, Brouilly to the South and Regnie to the East and South East. The soils in Morgon is rich in iron oxide with traces of manganese and volcanic rock. The wines of Morgon tend to be generous, robust wines that can become quite Burgundian with a few years in the cellar.

The grapes for the Henry Fessy Morgon are harvested by hand. The wine undergoes non-carbonic vinification, in open vats using only selected grapes. Around 20% of the Gamay grapes are put into the fermentation tanks as whole bunches with the remaining 80% destemmed. Fermentation takes place at between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius with one or two pump overs each day. After fermentation the free run juice is drawn off and the grapes are transferred to the press. The first press juices are combined with the free run juice. The wine is then aged and racked occasionally and rested for 6 months before bottling.

Fessy practices sustainable environmental management with intervention only taking place when it is necessary and beneficial. This philosophy allows them to produce characterful wines which express a true sense of place and origin.

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