Domaine Moreau-Naudet Current Releases
Despite coming from a 2.5 hectare parcel of young vines, this wine is made with the same level of care that the rest of the wines are. Contrary to the profile of most Petit Chablis, yields are lower than average, fermentation is with indigenous yeast, and it is harvested by hand. The wine is aged for nine months in stainless steel before bottling.
The Chablis AOC is the only wine in the cellar that sees any new oak. Even so, it is always just a few new barrels that are being added to replace far older ones and constitute a small percentage of the final blend.
Chablis Vieilles Vignes Les Pargues
Les Pargues is a one hectare lieu dit which has the same exposition as Vaillons and Montmains, so despite being just a village site, it has the character of a premier cru. The vines are approximately 50 years old further adding to the intensity and potential of the site. Les Pargues is aged more in line with the premier crus in Moreau Naudet's cellar, which is to say a significant percentage of the final blend was aged in old barrels.
While there is far from a recipe in the cellar, Domaine Moreau-Naudet's premier crus and single grand cru wine follow a very consistent fermentation and aging regimen. Fermentation is always with indigenous yeast, followed by a long maceration on lees. The wine is then aged for an average of 18 months (varies according to the vintage) on lees in a combination of stainless steel and 600-liter French oak barrels of which only 20% is new. (Most of the wine is aged in stainless steel, with around 2/3 in steel and 1/3 in oak.)
Chablis 1er Cru Montmains
Their parcel of Montmains is small, just 0.65 hectare, and made up of on average 55 year old vines planted in a soil rich in blue clay (bleu d'argile). Montmains is on the opposite flank of the valley to Vaillons.
Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons
Moreau-Naudet's holdings in Vaillons are around 1.7 hectares of 35-50 year old vines.
Chablis 1er Cru Forets
The domaine's holdings in Forets is made up of two parcels, totaling just under 2 hectares. The older parcel is of 60 year old vines and is right next to Vincent Dauvissat's holdings. The second is made up of younger vines (25 years old) and is next door to Raveneau's parcel of Forets. Forets identity among the geologically diverse premier crus in Chablis is one of notable power and intensity. It's soil is made up of a variety of different clays and decomposed rock over limestone which together with a southeastern exposure create a warm microclimate.
Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre
From a one-hectare parcel of 50-year-old vines within the lieu-dit Chapelot, Moreau-Naudet's Montée de Tonnerre is consistently their most mineral driven wine. The soils are sandy with a rocky topsoil and rich in Kimmeridgian limestone.
Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
Moreau-Naudet's sole Grand Cru Chablis comes from just over half a hectare of 35 year old vines with a fully southern exposure.