Spending time in California turned out to be the perfect getaway to discover great cuisine and exceptional wine. Experiencing Benu, Maverick, Meadowood & REDD became one of the most exciting and rewarding gastronomic adventures since Paris this past June. But, when in wine country, one must devise a strategic plan to enjoy wine in the most responsible manner possible. Mine was designed with one winery in mind – – Morlet.
My initial encounter with the wines of Luc & Jodie Morlet happened during MacArthur Beverages’ annual California Barrel Tasting in 2009. Their 2006 ‘La Proportion Dorée’ a classic white Bordeaux styled blending of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle caught me off guard. I’d experienced the blend outside Bordeaux but, not with this kind of depth, character and aging potential. This Graves inspired elixir was worthy of a visit unfortunately, my treks to France and Italy set me back two years. The wait was worth it, as the wines were absolutely sublime. During our tasting, Luc’s insights at the moment of consumption provided a dimension that’s hard to grasp if you’re not an enologist. With Luc being from Champagne, it helped to have spent a little time in Champagne this past summer to grasp his attention to detail and philosophy in the vineyards. Once you’ve tasted the wines of Morlet, your palate will never accept anything less than perfect. These are the wines I had the pleasure of tasting with Luc.
2009 ‘La Proportion Dorée’ 2009 Chardonnay “Ma Douce” 2009 Chardonnay “Ma Princesse”
2009 Pinot Noir “Coteaux Nobles” 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Mon Chevalier”
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Passionnément” 2009 Late Harvest Semillon “Billet Doux”
Please see the Morlet Inventory link for our current offering: Morlet Inventory