2019 Domaine Moreau-Naudet
We tasted this from two tanks, one of 20hl and one of 100hl. The smaller tank showed a less obviously ripe citrus character than the Petit Chablis, with more mineral - intense mineral finish. The larger tank had juicier fruit, and seemed denser - more compact. It's going to be a great 'village' Chablis. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 L&S (Oct 2020)
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The 2019 Chablis Village clearly has much more precision and terroir expression compared with the Petit Chablis. The palate is well balanced with a citrus, quite spicy entry, veins of stem ginger towards the harmonious finish. For early drinking only. Drinking range: 2021 - 2023 Rating: 87 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
Taken from one small tank, not yet blended. The wine, which comes from Chablis, Préhy and Courgis, will be bottled between January and March. Full bright yellow, the nose is much fresher than the Petit Chablis and there is impressive depth, but the sunshine shows in the toasted bacon note alongside, rather than instead of, the Chablis minerals. Length here. Tasted: September 2020 *** Rating: 86 - 88 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy (Jan 2021)
Ripe and golden like the Petit Chablis. Rich, almost honeyed on the palate, the citrus flavours are so ripe. But as with the Petit Chablis, this is very well balanced with the freshness of the region with a mouth-watering and intense, slightly spicy aftertaste. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2021)
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.
Just when you think Burgundy is getting a tad expensive, some other upward pressures are applied to prices - small yields and a weak Sterling are the current factors. Luckily for you, there are merchants out there (or here, to be precise) with the nouse to seek out good value even in a region where good value can feel hard to come by. Here's a fine selection of our Very Good Value red and whites - not necessarily cheap enough to tempt the less discerning away from the discount supermarket but it does mean that us ordinary mortals can still afford to drink Burgundy.
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