PETIT CHABLIS

2019 Domaine Moreau-Naudet

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Chablis
ABV 13.5%

Very youthful in October 2020, bright nose, sleek and citrussy, picking up a mineral-inflected zip. The malolactic is not yet finished so there's a bit of Granny Smith too, and it's not yet entirely coherent, - but that will come and all the components are here to Virginie's usual classy number. Like the Chablis this is made almost entirely without wood - there might be the odd barrel if it does not quite fit neatly in the tanks. Drinking range: 2021 - 2024 L&S (Oct 2020)


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The 2019 Petit Chablis has an attractive orange blossom and peach scented nose, touches of apricot emerging with time. The palate is rounded in texture, missing some tension but has an agreeable, pithy finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2022 Rating: 85 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)

Really ripe aroma of citrus and apricot (apparently they pick ripe but avoid botrytis). The aroma reminds me of Thévenet. That same ripe and broad fruit on the palate. For me this is not typically Chablis but it is packed with flavour and balanced in its crisp freshness. For those who might find classic Chablis too severe. Flavourful rather than elegant. Drinking range: 2021 - 2024 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2021)

Domaine Moreau-Naudet

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 a 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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