2018 Domaine Moreau-Naudet Chablis
Moreau’s Villages wine is drawn from 20- to 30-year-old vineyards in Préhy and Courgis, in the south of Chablis. The fruit is subject to a very gentle four-hour press, and the juice is fermented with natural yeasts (a rarity in Chablis). Raised mostly in tank, (it’s not until the Vieilles Vignes level and above that Moreau utilises (older) barrels in significant percentages), the wine spent 20 months on lees which is considerably longer than the vast majority of Chablis at this level. These traditional methods—along with hand-harvesting, the quality of the terroir, low yields (circa 35 hl/ha) and the full ripeness levels at which the fruit was harvested—help to explain the fabulous texture, depth and quality that is on offer here.
Brilliant pale straw colour with a faint greenish tinge around the outskirts and a watery hue. Elevated pear and lime scents meld into dried honey, wet stone and subtle oyster shell notes. On the palate delicious pear, lime and green apple fruits are layered over a back drop of discreet dried honey characters, light oyster shell and stony mineral characters. Beautifully rounded in the mouth, almost supple like in its feel, it finishes dry with brisk acidity and a long sleek yet well cut aftertaste.
A very tasty Chablis to drink over the next 4-5 years.