2016 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Moreau-Naudet
More spritzy still, great bite, great iodine-infused, clean underscore. Then a precise middle running through - a pinpoint spear of highly concentrated, zinging lemony, zippy juice. Long and bright but not tart - just the right level of acidity. Poised. L&S (Oct 2017)
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The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains (which hails from the lieux-dits of Vaux Miolot and Butteaux) offers up aromas of white flowers, green apple and bread dough. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, glossy and concentrated, with a deep, blocky profile and good underlying tension. It's a definite success. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Sep 2018)
Dense and chiselled on the nose. Intense and creamy with lots of green-fruit acidity. Almost drinkable already! Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
We still miss the bright star that was Stéphane Moreau-Naudet, who died suddenly in September 2016, but there is no question that the domaine has proved to be in exceptionally capable hands under his widow Virginie, helped by Stéphane's team.
Stéphane, who was influenced by Vincent Dauvissat (who recommended him to us many years ago) was a consummate vigneron, working organically, hand-picking, aiming for optimum maturity while avoiding any botrytis influence. He was also a master-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 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 proving to have what it takes to build on Stéphane's legacy, and the wines here, full of racy character, textural depth and complexity, are as fine as they have ever been.
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