Tasted in Beines with Anne and Louis Moreau, 17 April, 2014.
Domaine Louis Moreau
10 Grande rue
Tel. +33 (0)3 86 42 87 20+33 (0)3 86 42 87 20
Louis Moreau is also the president of the Chablis Commission and the Union des Grands Crus de Chablis.
This domaine is partly the mirror image of Domaine Christian Moreau – after 5 generations as a single domaine it was split into the current two. Having split the domaine, Louis Moreau needed new premises and eventually found for-sale a domaine in Beines, adding significant extra hectares, bringing them to 52 hectares in total and two extra 1er Crus. 80% of the domaine’s produce is exported.
The domaine’s tanks are all temperature controlled and ‘a little’ oak elevage is used for the Grand Crus – but not all, and not always… Whilst the lower volume Grand and 1er Crus are bottles in a single run, the larger volume Chablis cuvée is bottled as needed – so called-off every 6 weeks or so – for that reason there could be some small bottle variation if you compare bottles from different markets. The domaine is still selling 2007 and 2008 Vaudesir; “I think that’s the right way to drink them” says Anne.
From 25 hectares around the commune of Beines – bottles 1 month earlier.
Fresh, with green herbs, some citrus too. Round, with some ripeness. Good extract in the mid-palate and some agrumes flavour. Not super-energetic but very tasty.
2011 Chablis 1er Vau Lignau
From near Beines – one of the latest to be harvested.
There’s a little citrus and asparagus. Wide, interesting and also a little asparagus flavour – but round and with a fine mouth-watering line of length.
2011 Chablis 1er Fourneaux
One of the first vineyards to be harvested.
There’s asparagus here too – but fainter. Round with a hint of flesh, sucrosité and mouth-watering. There’s some richness but also beautiful balance. A very fine finish.
Some of the domaine’s oldest vines here.
The nose is mineral, ripe and shows a certain saltiness. Lovely sweetness and roundness with fine, mouth-watering flavour. Complex and very, very pretty.
2010 Chablis Les Clos
30% oak elevage here.
There’s a hint of gunflint and perhaps mushroom too to start – not for long though. Concentrated, round and mineral – just a little fumé but it can’t hide a fine peak of minerality in the mid-palate that lasts very long in the finish too. Lovely.
Here the nose is tighter, more reserved. Lovely, bubbling minerality and energy. Fine, complex and detailed. Discrete but complete!
2010 Chablis Les Clos des Hospices
Some higher tones, faintly creamy oak too. Round, a little rich and padded but mineral too. Not super-exuberant, but super-engaging. Agrumes in the mid-palate too. Super length – contemplative wine.