2015 1er Cru Forêts Domaine Moreau-Naudet
More perfumed floral, lemon, fennel and peach, this carries on to the palate which is bright with brisk acid, elegant fruit delivery more perfumed, great length and structure, lovely. L&S (Nov 2016)
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Firm reduction pushes the underlying fruit to the background. On the plus side there is both good volume and mid-palate density to the round and mouth coating flavors that offer acceptable depth and length on the saline-inflected finish. While this may tighten up once it is bottled, today it is almost soft and a bit blurry. Drinking range: 2019 - Rating: 87-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)
Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2018)
Chalky citrus but a little richer if less expressive on the nose than the Pargues. Full and rich in the mouth. Ripe lemon fruit and generous to the long finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 18 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
Ripe apple fruit tinged with a bitter herby element - again, very different from their Montmains and Vaillons. Attractive muskiness. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
The domaine will continue under Stéphane's wife Virginie, but we will miss the bright star that was Stéphane Moreau-Naudet, who died suddenly in September 2016. Stéphane, who was influenced by Vincent Dauvissat, who recommended him to us many years ago, was a consummate vigneron, and craftsman in the cellar, using barrel-élevage, but not in such a way that oakiness can readily be detected in the wines (all the barrels are steamed rather than charred and they use 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). Wines full of racy character and complexity.
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