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Try Three Excellent Vintages From France to California -

Featuring wines from Morlet’s portfolio

Château Haut-Beauséjour
Saint-Estéphe, France
In 1992, Jean-Claude Rouzaud, then-Chairman of the Board of Champagne Louis Roederer, acquired and combined two Cru Bourgeois vineyards in the heart of the Médoc’s prestigious Saint-Estèphe appellation: Château Picard and Château Beauséjour. Together, these properties make up what is now called Château Haut-Beauséjour. The wines are powerful, voluptuous, rich and well-balanced.

Tobacco and cold cinders on the nose. Long, rich palate with notes of Morello cherry and blackcurrant.

‘Ma Douce’
Fort Ross - Seaview Chardonnay
Located on the Sonoma Coast, on the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean, this unique hillside vineyard is comprised of Goldridge soil and benefits from both the cool maritime breeze (douce brise) and the mild and sunny mountain climate. Handcrafted using classical Burgundian winemaking techniques, this wine is dedicated to my wife, Jodie Morlet. It is ‘My Sweet’ or ‘Ma Douce.’

Full yellow color. Aromas of lemon drop, Crème Brulée and orange zest intermixed with strong notes of minerality (wet stones) and fresh hazelnut. Full-bodied, mineral driven, this wine displays a creamy texture and very long mineral finish. Built to age gracefully for a decade, this wine is approachable when young

“Ma Douce reminds me of a classic Bâtard-Montrachet produced by Michel Niellon in the mid-1980s.”
Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate, December 2014

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Crafted with the passionate, uncompromised and ongoing pursuit of quality, this judicious blend comes from the finest barrels of our manicured vineyards on the Oakville Bench and on the foothills of Knights Valley and St. Helena. As the French say, “Je t’aime, un peu, beaucoup, passionnément!” (I love you, a little, a lot, passionately!) This special wine is dedicated to my wife, Jodie Morlet. It is ‘Passionately’ or ‘Passionnément.’

Dark purple. Intense and complex bouquet of red, black and blueberries intermixed with notes of Crème de Cassis, plum, cedar and a hint of cigar box. Full-bodied, the palate is reminiscent of the nose, with a creamy texture and a great intensity. The luscious tannins, the intense aromatic complexity and its opulence create a flamboyant yet harmonious ensemble, leading to a very long, complex and smooth finish. This ‘ne plus ultra’ will age gracefully for decades.

Passionnément “possesses terrific concentration, full-bodied power and a stunning, multidimensional mouthfeel and finish. This exceptional wine should drink well for 30+ years.”
Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate, December 2010

About Morlet:
‘Manicured Vineyards, Classical Winemaking & Creative Artisanship’
Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Luc & Jodie Morlet have been handcrafting vins de terroirs and unique cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Napa Valley as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast and a Proprietary white Bordeauxstyle blend from Sonoma County. Meticulously farmed vineyards and low-intervention winemaking techniques produce powerful yet refined wines. By taking old world principles and adapting them to California, the Morlet style results in wines which are harmonious in their intensity, richness, complexity and refinement. It is this notion of harmony that inspired their logo, based upon 19th century French artist Mathurin Moreau’s sculpture entitled, ‘L’Harmonie.’ The Morlet wines clearly display personality, seamless character and graceful aging capability.

In August 2010, Luc and Jodie purchased an historic estate, just north of the charming town of St. Helena. Since then, they have been restoring the pre-Prohibition winery, built in 1880, as a gravity-flow winemaking facility. Within the prestigious St. Helena Appellation, this 6-acre Cabernet Sauvignon hillside vineyard supplies the premium fruit for the ‘Morlet Estate’ label.

The highly acclaimed ‘Force de la Nature’ and ‘Coeur de Vallée’ wines hail from Luc and Jodie’s 20-acre Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, situated on the world-renowned Oakville Bench within the To Kalon Creek alluvial fan.

On the foothills facing the western slopes of Mount St. Helena, Luc and Jodie’s 7-acre Knights Valley vineyard provides the fruit for their ‘Mon Chevalier’ Cabernet Sauvignon. The warm and windy climate is ideal for the long ripening of the five Bordeaux varietals. In addition to their family-owned vineyards, they also direct the farming under long-term contracts on vineyards located in the Russian River Valley and Fort Ross-Seaview on the Sonoma Coast.

Aged exclusively in French oak barrels from selected artisan coopers, the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Unwavering commitment to quality leads to small yields, attentive sorting, and the highest standard when blending. Thus, a very limited amount of each wine is ever produced.

Luc and Jodie also import ‘Pierre Morlet Champagnes’ which have been handcrafted by Luc’s family in France for five generations. Named after Luc’s grandfather, these awardwinning Champagnes come solely from the designations of either Grands Crus or Premiers Crus. The deep, chalky subsoil and temperate microclimates of these hillside vineyards provide wonderful growing conditions for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. A rarity in Champagne, the tradition of barrel fermenting and aging continues to be honored, adding complexity and uniqueness to the wines. The multi-vintage ‘Grande Réserve’ and ‘Rosé’ as well as the vintaged ‘Millésime’ are available by contacting the winery in St. Helena.