The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Simon J Woolf

Founder and editor of The Morning Claret, an online wine magazine focused on all things organic, biodynamic and natural. Orange wine obsessive, author of the bestselling books Amber Revolution and Foot Trodden (with Ryan Opaz). Lover of strange musics and cats.
Oronce de Beler with his Percheron draft horse in 2009 (he ceased this activity in 2015). Photo courtesy La Maison Romane.
26 minute read

Uncomfortable bedfellows? Burgundy and natural wine

Why is it so difficult to talk about natural wine in Burgundy? Simon explores the increasingly blurred line between classical and natural techniques in the region.

Originally published February 2023 in Issue 3 of Fondata magazine.

Raúl Moreno – La Quimera 2021

When Raúl Moreno tells you he’s growing Pinot Noir in Jerez, you think he must be out of his mind. But goodness, the results are so elegant and fresh. Of his three Pinot cuvées, La Quimera is the most meaty Read more

Parés Balta – Satèl.lit 2017

There’s more noticeable oak influence on the nose here, compared to the 2018 vintage – some toasty, vanilla hints. But on the palate it’s really bright and fresh, barely giving any clue as to its maturity. There’s a pleasing generosity Read more

Raúl Moreno – La Inflexion 2021

An absolute charmer on the nose and the palate, this unique blend (for Jerez at least) offers up bright red berry fruits and a lick of orange zest. The palate feels juicy and elegant, very fruit focused but in no Read more

Raúl Moreno – La Castidad 2021

Crushed cherries and earth on the nose, with a tiny hint of toastiness. Delicious sour cherry and raspberry fruit on the palate with subtle yet pointed tannins that add to the feeling of refreshment. There is some kind of magic Read more