Petit Chablis, 2015

  Domaine Moreau Naudet

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine Moreau Naudet

Stéphane Moreau took the reins of his family domaine in the 1990s and, inspired by Vincent Dauvissat, lifted it to the top echelon of Chablis Domaines over a period of nearly two decades. A passionate artisan, Stephane believed in obtaining healthy ripe and balanced fruit. Wary of green wines he often felt were wrongly referred to as offering classic Chablis “minerality”, Stephane tended to be one of the later pickers, but always using only healthy fruit without botrytis influence. The wines, which undergo prolonged ageing sur lie (18 to 20 months) in a mixture of used demi-muid oak barrels and steel tanks, are consistently complete, silky and alluring but never ever lack for vivacity or vineyard character. In fact tasting his fine spread of left bank Chablis Crus side by side, you see very clear differences from one to the other: from the fruity, fresh Vaillons to the powerful, mineral Montmains or the salty, more refined Forets. These are beautifully harmonious wines full of character that you keep coming back to. Tragically, and well before his time, Stephane died suddenly before the 2016 vintage. His wife Virginie bravely picked up the gauntlet and completed the harvest. Now, with the help of Stephane’s old winemaking team, she is well on course to take the Domaine to even greater heights. He’d have been proud.

Appellation: Petit Chablis

Petit Chablis is an appellation encompassing the outlying area of Chablis planted largely on Portlandien soil, a kind of clay limestone, as opposed to the complex Kimmerdigean soils of Chablis itself. There are over 500 ha of vineyard area but this is dwarfed by the Chablis total of over 3000 ha. The Portlandien soils give a wine that is similarly citrus and steely as Chablis without perhaps the same depth, finesse or minerality. Having said that many of Chablis' top growers do produce excellent quality Petit Chablis that can make very good value for money.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.