CHABLIS

2011 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Moreau-Naudet

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Chablis
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 12.5%
Vineyard Montmains

As so often the most expressively floral of Stéphane's premiers crus, delicately precise and detailed. L&S (Jan 2013)


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(from Forêts). There is a hint of exoticism to the floral, green fruit, quinine and seaweed scents. As with the Vaillons here too there is an abundance of palate coating dry extract that also imparts a seductive mouth feel to the round, clean and dry finish that offers acceptable depth and length. 2016+ Rating: 87-90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Oct 2013)

Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jan 2013)

Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2013)

Domaine Moreau-Naudet

A domaine of 25 hectares, of which 3 are in Petit Chablis, 11 or 12 in Chablis, 3 in Vaillons, 2 in Forets, 1.6 in Montmains, 0.86 in Montée de Tonnerre, and 0.58 in Valmur. (Yes, this does not make 25 - there are further parcels of young vines in the Courgis sector - Beauregards, Côte de Jouan and Goulotte, which are currently sold in bulk).

Virginie (Mimi) Moreau is proving more than equal to the task of taking over from her husband Stéphane. Stéphane, who was influenced by Vincent Dauvissat (who recommended him to us many years ago, and who remains an influence here) was vigneron whose star burned very brightly, and the domaine continues along the lines he set, working organically, hand-picking, aiming for optimum maturity while avoiding any botrytis influence.

The cellar-work is also masterful, using 30% barrel-élevage for all the Premier and the Grand Cru, but not in such a way that oakiness can readily be detected in the wines (all the barrels are steamed rather than charred and there is no new oak except for in the straight Chablis, and then only one barrel per 100hl in order to age it prior to using for the Premiers Crus).

Virginie is now really totally confident in her role here, and the wines here, full of racy character, textural depth and complexity, seem to be better with every vintage.

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