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A brief history

Luc and Jodie Morlet handcraft vins de terroir and unique cuvées from the Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast. The historic winery is located in St. Helena, and their Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc ‘Cœur de Vallée’ vineyard is situated in the renowned Oakville appellation.

Robert M. Parker, Jr. proclaimed that Luc, who was raised and educated in France, “is not only a fabulous winemaking talent, he knows how to bring the French savoir-faire of complexity, elegance and precision to the ripe, concentrated, intense fruit of California.”

Meticulously farmed vineyards, along with Luc’s unwavering commitment to quality and low-intervention winemaking techniques, produce powerful, yet refined wines that display personality, seamless character and graceful aging capability.

Having received tremendous accolades and international recognition, the highly sought-after wines are available to the winery’s mailing list and can be found at the finest restaurants and specialty wine shops around the world.
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2825 Saint Helena Highway North
Napa Valley, California, United States


Meet The Winemakers

  • Luc Morlet

    Wine has always been a way of life for Luc Morlet. Born in Epernay, France to a fifth-generation winegrower family, Luc grew up working on his family’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay domaine, Pierre Morlet & Fils, in Avenay-Val-d’Or, Champagne. As a child, he enjoyed learning about the practical and technical aspects of vineyard farming and winemaking. Luc earned a Master's Degree in Œnology from the Université de Reims and holds both a Viticulture degree from École Viticole de Champagne and an MBA in Wine Business from the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon. His university studies were put into practice during years of work at prestigious châteaux and domaines in Bordeaux and Burgundy. Luc further perfected his skills making Bordeaux-style wines under the guidance of internationally revered consultant Jacques Boissenot. Soon after leaving France in 1996 to join his wife Jodie in her native California, Luc earned world-wide recognition as the winemaker for Peter Michael Winery. He and Jodie began crafting wines under the Morlet Family Vineyards label in 2006, at which time Luc transitioned from full-time to consulting winemaker for the Michael family. Passionate for both the expression of terroir as well as for a continuous pursuit of the ultimate quality, Luc refers to his winemaking philosophy as “neo-classic laissez-faire without compromise.” As part of this ongoing effort, Luc designed and developed a premium sorting device named ‘Le Trieur.’ Robert M. Parker, Jr. declared that Luc “is not only a fabulous winemaking talent, he knows how to bring the French savoir-faire of complexity, elegance and precision to the ripe, concentrated, intense fruit of California.”

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Morlet Family Vineyards Wines

Featured Wines

Morlet Family Vineyards Joli Cœur Bottle Preview
Morlet Family VineyardsJoli Cœur

This Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is made from the very best section of the ‘Côteaux Nobles’ vineyard, located on the eastern slope of the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean. This great and beautiful (Joli) plot is at the very center of the ranch, its heart (Cœur). Handcrafted using classical Burgundian winemaking techniques, we named this age-worthy wine after the French expression which references the intriguing and attractive character of Pinot Noir. It is the ‘Charming Character’ or ‘Joli Cœur.’

Morlet Family Vineyards Coup de Cœur Bottle Preview
Morlet Family VineyardsCoup de Cœur

Each vintage, the tasting of individual lots of Chardonnay reveals a strictly limited number of barrels with truly outstanding features. These selected barrels are then judiciously blended to compose this magnificent cuvée. Handcrafted using classical Burgundian winemaking techniques, this wine represents our ‘Heart’s Astonishment’ or ‘Coup de Cœur.’

Morlet Family Vineyards Bouquet Garni Bottle Preview
Morlet Family VineyardsBouquet Garni

This wine is made from an exceptional hillside vineyard located in Bennett Valley, where natural conditions are perfect for growing Syrah in the Goulding cobbly clay loam soil. As a result of the co-fermentation of three field selections, this wine reveals a complex and spicy bouquet. Handcrafted using classical winemaking techniques of Vallée du Rhône, this unique wine is named after the famous culinary bundle to honor our first relative who emigrated from France to the USA, Abel Pierre Aimé Coutanceau, who was a professional chef. It is the ‘Garnished Bouquet’ or ‘Bouquet Garni.'

Morlet Family Vineyards Morlet Estate Bottle Preview
Morlet Family VineyardsMorlet Estate

Our unique estate lies on the western foothills, just north of the town of St. Helena. Shallow loamy topsoil and rocky subsoil of the Hambright and Felta series, as well as full sun exposure, create superb conditions for our Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Respecting its historic 1880 charm, we restored the pre-Prohibition stone winery, which is illustrated on the label. Handcrafted using classical winemaking techniques and reminiscent of a true First Growth, this wine represents the precious memory of a very special place.

Morlet Family Vineyards Passionnément Bottle Preview
Morlet Family VineyardsPassionnément

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 Jodie Morlet. It is ‘Passionately’ or ‘Passionnément.’

Morlet Family Vineyards Force de la Nature Bottle Preview
Morlet Family VineyardsForce de la Nature

This wine captures the strong, rich and dense character of the Cabernet Franc grapes from our vineyard in the world-renowned Oakville appellation. Bottled only during outstanding vintages, this massive wine pays homage to Luc’s great-grandfather, Gaston Morlet, who had a reputation for being a force of nature in his native Avenay-Val-D’Or. His pioneering spirit remains one of the forces behind our family’s passion for making the best wines possible. Crafted from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, this wine truly is a ‘Force of Nature’ or ‘Force de la Nature.’