Gilles and Joelle Morat founded Domaine Gilles Morat in Vergisson in 1997. The two previous generations of his family had always sold their grapes to negociants prior to this. Gilles took his father's plots and added a few additional parcels to establish the domaine, though he has been careful to keep the size small to preserve the artisan approach to his winemaking.
The La Roche cuvee was launched in 2001. The plot is 0.5Ha in size comprised of 40 year old vines.
Vineyard altitude is high ranging between 300-450m with a South-East exposure. Soils are a stony limestone.
Gilles works the vineyards in a organic way. Ploughing between vine rows is undertaken, and no pesticides or herbicides are used. Harvesting is by hand. Elevage is in barrel for 12 months on the lees with periodic batonnage. Around 12% new oak is used.
On the nose there are notes of green apple, citrus and smoke, and minerals. The palette is intense, taut and long. Elegant and pure in keeping with the domaines philosophy.