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Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2017

Chardonnay from France, Côte du Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy


$205ea in any 3+
$200ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork
Where the Bourgogne is immediately approachable the village Chassagne Blanc needs a little more time.


1/3 from Les Masures next to Morgeot 2/3 Puligny side of Chassagne. Again this shows a wonderful progression through the quality standards in Burgundy. Jumping a rung in the ladder, the energy and precision is showing here. Whilst a full percentage lower in alcohol than the Bourgogne, it has greater depth and length. Current tightly wound, beautiful linear acid is supported nicely by a little textural phenolics. Wait a couple of years and you’ll see it resolve and build generosity, blossoming into a complete wine.

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Full disclaimer – Domaine Bernard-Moreau et Fils has a sentimental place in my wine history. Alex came to work with us at Yering Station in 1999, I headed to Chassagne later that year working with him for the harvest. The hospitality of his family and the people of Chassagne was boundless! Since then the Domain’s portfolio has expanded to include a presence in Volnay and the addition of the two Grand Cru’s Bâtard-Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet. Under Alex’s leadership, the wines have continued to push to achieve excellence. It’s with a certain amount of pride that I offer his wines to the Wine Decoded community.

Vintage 1999 at Domain Bernard Moreau

The landscape of runs from just south of Chassagne (left) across to Puligny. The Grand Cru’s are in the 2nd and 3rd photo from the right. Yes, these pic’s were taken pre-digital! Read an almost finished retrospective of the vintage in the Wine Bites Mag.

About Domain Bernard-Moreau et Fils

The winery’s roots go back to 1809 when Auguste Moreau built a cellar across from the Champs Gain vineyard and farmed his few hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot along the golden slope. The 1930s saw an expansion of the family’s vineyards under the guidance of Marcel Moreau.

Roughly 80% of the Domaine’s current vineyard holdings were acquired by Marcel. At age 14, Bernard Moreau took over the vineyards and cellar in the early 1960’s. In 1977 the reputation of this great estate was fully established under the leadership of Bernard and Françoise Moreau and the winery was named Domaine Bernard Moreau. In addition to the changes in equipment, farming and winemaking, they also purchased additional land bringing the vineyard total to 14 hectares. To help with winemaking, viticulture and sales, sons Alex and Benoît joined the Domaine after having worked in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Alex and Benoit loosely split the responsibilities of the operation with Benoit more focused on the vineyards and Alex more focused on the cellar.

As with most all great Burgundian estates, the emphasis at Domaine Moreau is on terroir. Treat the vineyards right and they’ll reward you ith superior fruit. To maintain healthy, balanced soils the winery uses organic fertilizers and no pesticides. To ensure greater flavor intensity they farm the land for lower yields through pruning, debudding, green harvesting in August, leaf thinning for Pinot Noir (on the morning sun side), and the planting of cover crops in certain vineyards to encourage competition and soak up moisture.

The 1er Cru Chardonnays are barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels (10%-30% new). The wine spends between 12 and 18 months in wood with a little lees stirring early on for added texture. Says Bernard, “The spirit of our winemaking is to not touch the wine too often. For Chardonnay, our aim is to produce very clean and precise wines which are not too austere. We like the minerality and purity.”

The red wines are aged in French oak barrels (10%-50% new) for 12 to 20 months depending on the vineyard and vintage. Bernard states, “For our Pinot Noirs we don’t do any racking, fining or filtration. We want to make the purest expression of the Pinot Noir from our vineyards.”

Levi Dalton spoke with Alex about his start at progression at Domaine Bernard Moreau.

The 2017 Vintage at Domaine Bernard-Moreau

Notes from Burghound:

Alexandre Moreau told me that the 2017 “growing season had us on edge at the beginning but thankfully we dodged the frost bullet that could have been truly catastrophic. Thereafter though conditions were clement and dry and as such there was no disease pressure to speak of. Then the period between the 20 and 25th of August was blazing hot and this changed the character of the vintage because we saw the sugars climb faster than the phenolic maturities. This caused us some grief because it made our picking decisions even more complicated than normal. In the end we chose to begin the harvest on the 30th of August and the fruit was clean and ripe in both senses of sugars and structural elements. Yields were moderately generous in red but not so much in white as they ranged between 37 to 41 hl/ha. In the end, we’re very happy with the wines as they have an attractive freshness and excellent transparency in a style that should permit them to drink well early, and in particular the reds, but also age well with no trouble.” I found the 2017 whites chez Moreau to be quite good and in some cases excellent.

Nature is a tough taskmaster. Alex shares a depth of insight rarely explored. Just how do the best winemakers deal with tough vintages? What goes through their brains? How far ahead do they need to think?

You’ll hear Alex talk of the unknown, of thinking 3 years ahead in the vineyard, and, of the choices needed when your vineyard produces just two barrels instead of 12. The footage is ordinary, the words authentic.

89 Points

A pungent and less elegant array offers up notes of resin, rosemary oil and freshly sliced apple. Once again there is an attractive vibrancy to the nicely delineated and solidly concentrated medium-bodied flavors that conclude in a citrusy, saline and saliva-inducing finish. Good stuff for its level and note that there is sufficient structure such that this should age well over the next 5 to 8 years. 2023+

Allen Meadows, Burghound

Where in the world does the magic happen?

3 Rue de Chagny, 21190 Chassagne-Montrachet, France

Côte du Beaune