Olivier Morin

Olivier Morin can trace his ancestry in the village of Chitry le Fort back for countless generations. His home was built by his great-great-grandparents, and his grandfather was one of the first vignerons in Chitry to bottle his own wines. Chitry lies nestled in a small valley just at the edge of Chablis, and together with his wife Nelly, Olivier Morin follows his calling to produce and promote the wines of Chitry.

Morin’s 14 hectares of vines are farmed thoughtfully and sustainably. He uses natural grass cover, no herbicides, organic compost, and green harvests to ensure that the best quality fruit. Beginning in 2021, all the vineyards are farmed organically. The cellar is half-buried in the hillside above the village to allow him to work by gravity, eliminating the need to use pumps to transfer the wine. All fermentations use native yeast and wines are bottled with little or no filtration and minimal use of sulfur. In addition to the wines produced from his own vineyards in Chitry, Morin purchases small amounts of Irancy and Chablis from longtime friends who farm with a similar sustainable philosophy.
Morin has the demeanor and confidence of someone who knows one of the world’s great secrets, and is honestly delighted to share the wines of Chitry with anyone who comes to seek them out. The wines are a joyful expression of pure minerality - precise, delicious, and true.

Morin deftly explains why Chablis is more famous than Chitry. In the early 20th century, a farmer earned more with cherries than with grapes. Because it's located in a natural amphiteatre, cherries ripen better in Chitry, plus it's a bit closer to the larger town of Auxerre. As time progressed, most growers in Chitry chose to grow cherries, while those in Chablis were "obliged" to stick with grapes. Despite all this, the Morin family has always been dedicated to grape growing. Olivier's grandfather was the first person to plant Chardonnay and his father was the first to estate bottle wines in Chitry.

Key information

Burgundy

Chitry-le-Fort

14 hectares

Founded in 1992

Organic

The wines

Bourgogne Chitry Blanc Constance

White Wine
 : Chardonnay
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Oliver Morin produces two cuvées of Chitry - both come from the domaine's own sustainably farmed vineyards which are plowed and grass-covered. The wines are vinified with native yeast and aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks. Constance comes f...

Crémant de Bourgogne Tentation

Sparkling Wine
 : 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Olivier Morin - Tentation

A classic sparkling wine made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from purchased grapes from the vineyards around the Yonne. The wine is aged on the lees for 18-24 months before release.

Bourgogne Chitry Blanc Cuvée Olympe

White Wine
 : Chardonnay
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Oliver Morin produces two cuvées of Chitry - both come from the domaine's own sustainably farmed vineyards which are plowed and grass-covered. The wines are vinified with native yeast and aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks. Constance comes f...

Bourgogne Aligoté

White Wine
 : Aligoté
Olivier Morin - Bourgogne Aligoté

Between 1970 and 1974, Olivier's parents planted 2 hectares of Aligoté in Chitry. They chose to plant the high quality (but low yield) Aligoté Dorée. Today, Olivier uses these old vines to produce his take on Aligoté, the famous picnic wine of Burg...

Bourgogne Chitry Rouge Vau du Puits

Red Wine
 : Pinot Noir
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Vau de Puits (local dialect for the valley of the wells) is a single vineyard Pinot Noir from the back hills of Chitry. Since he was a kid, Olivier especially enjoyed this small valley at the end of a dirt road, and when he had a chance to buy the ...

Bourgogne Chitry Rouge Constance

Red Wine
 : Pinot Noir
OLIVIER MORIN - Costance Rouge

Morin's Chitry Rouge is a beautiful expression of Pinot Noir from the Yonne - the very northern part of Burgundy that is far more famous for Chardonnay. Sustainably farmed and naturaly vinified just like the whites, this Pinot Noir is a delicious r...

Irancy

Red Wine
 : 97% Pinot Noir, 3% Cesar
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Irancy is to red what Chitry is to white: a beautiful natural amphitheatre of vines that produces excellent under the radar Burgundy. The vineyard of Irancy is planted exclusively to red grapes, and is locally known as the best terroir for Pinot No...

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