2018 Domaine Moreau-Naudet
Straight away this makes you smile. This is great. Pretty and floral notes of white blossom and lemony verbena on the nose. Then a really lovely feel. More Chablis-like than the Petit Chablis tasted just before. Here there is super weight of fruit. Really sexy. Nice intensity, broad yet there is a great contained feel. This Chablis is so measured and pure. Ripeness adds some exotic notes but this is fresh and lively. Winning. L&S (Nov 2019)
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The 2018 Chablis is supple, open-knit and pretty with lovely tropical overtones and exotic floral notes that give the wine its distinctive personality. This is an especially tropical style for Petit Chablis, but it works nicely. Floral notes add brightness on the super-expressive finish. Rating: 87-89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Jan 2020)
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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