2018 1er Cru Forêts Domaine Moreau-Naudet
(30% barrel-aged). Tasted after the Montmains. This is more straight and lean. Beautifully bright and clean - a 'ting' to this, a clarity of expression. Delicious crisp lines - the fruit is good but more yellow and green - peppy - and juicy. Mineral and fresh even if there is a weight to the fleshy core. Wet pebbles up front then bigger more full fruit flavours to the back. Nice play on the palate. A really enjoyable Chablis. L&S (Nov 2019)
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The 2018 Chablis Forets 1er Cru is a very complete wine, even in the early going. Powerful and ample, the Forets offers notable breadth as well as detail. It is another super-expressive Chablis in this range from Moreau-Naudet. Rating: 91-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Jan 2020)
Cask sample. Very transparent and lifted. Real aerienne quality! Well done. Almost painful to taste, it’s so crystalline. Just my sort of Chablis. With a brief honeyed note on the front palate as a nod to the vintage. GV Drinking range: 2028 - 2042 Rating: 17+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2020)
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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