2017 Domaine Moreau-Naudet
Tasted again when looking at the 2018s in tank in October 2019, and this is in a very different register, much tighter and more classical - the very model of a village Chablis. Bottled in April 2019. L&S (Oct 2019)
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The 2017 Chablis is absolutely gorgeous. The bouquet alone is so inviting, but that is just a prelude, as the 2017 has so much to offer. Orange peel, lemon confit and floral overtones abound, but it is the wine silkiness and grace that impress most. The 2017 is quite simply a wine of total finesse. Drinking range: 2020 - 2029 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Feb 2020)
A slightly riper nose features mildly exotic aromas of muscat, white peach and just enough Chablis typicity to be attractive. There is fine volume to the nicely concentrated medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a refreshing, saliva-inducing and citrus-tinged finale that is just a bit firmer. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
More concentration than the Petit Chablis with real bite and a bit of a future. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)
Virginie 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 incfluence 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 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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