Eric Morgat 'Fides', Savennieres, France 2019
Eric Morgat is making some exceptional wines in Savennieres. His wines are favorites amongst sommeliers in France and around the world Though his terroir is challenging to work, his efforts are worth every penny. Morgat's wines are textured, explosive, and above all, thought provoking. Today he cultivates 6 hectares, planted entirely to Chenin blanc, certified organic since 2007 and biodynamic since the 2012 vintage. If you are a Chenin Blanc lover, don't let this pass you by! Fides is intensely focused. It's core bursts of orchard fruits, pulverized minerals, and white flowers. The long & complex finish is a delicate balance of power & restraint. Excellent now, but it'll develop nicely with age.
Pairing: Tuna belly hand roll, pork tenderloin
Grape: Chenin Blanc : An assemblage of 4 of the most beautiful terroirs in Savennieres, mostly on schist. There is the 0.4ha of “Roches aux Moines”, a hill of green schist and one of the greatest terroirs of Savennieres, long considered a Cru. In the 1.3ha “Le Clos Ferrard”, Morgat has planted a "nursery" of 37 ancient varieties of Chenin Blanc. In the 1ha “La Pierre Bécherelle” parcelle, Morgat revived this exceptional sandstone schist vineyard, enclosed by ancient crumbling walls, that lay fallow for 70 years in what he calls an act of madness and discovery. In the 2ha “L’Enclos” vineyard (the first he planted) there are 3 distinct sections in this parcel that Morgat harvests and vinifies separately before the final blending. Fidès harkens back to a noble, monastic austerity.