Domaine Moreau-Naudet - Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2019
We have been working with Domaine Moreau-Naudet while living in Brooklyn, but sadly missed the wines on the Dutch market. An e-mail to Virginie (the female winemaker), her Dutch agent, another importer and their liaison sorted result: we can now offer almost exclusively the beautiful Chablis wines of Moreau-Naudet.
Since her husband and winemaker sadly passed away at young age not too long ago, Virginie was tasked with a tough task: taking over both the winery and the winemaker. Luckily Virginie was always involved with the winery and turns out to be hugely talented too, true to the style of Moreau-Naudet these are beautiful, rich and mineral Chablis wines. With some help and consultation of the dear family friend Vincent Dauvissat, whose wines have always been a source of inspiration for Moreau-Naudet.
From completely organic vineyards, these wines are pressed and then fermented on indigenous yeasts and depending on the cuvée either aged in stainless steel, neutral oak barrels or with a touch of new oak. The Premier Crus spends the spontaneous fermentation and aging period in neutral (older) oak barrels. The use of neutral oak softens the intensity and acidity of a Chablis that really benefits from the extraordinary 2019 vintage: warm, round but at the same time with a beautiful, lingering acidity. There's the richness of the Chardonnay from a warm vintage, blended perfectly with fresh acidity and a tension which grabs your attention.
This flinty and mineral-driven wine is marked by flavors of wet rocks, gunflint, citrus peel, chalk, and tangy lemon juice. Truthfully, there’s really not a bad moment to pop this bottle. Pop with salads, pungent cheeses, or fresh seafood.
From Chambers Street Wines:
Vaillons is one of the best-known and truly classic sites of Chablis. It is actually an amalgam of eight lieux-dits, including Vaillons, Sechets and Les Lys. Together they total more than 300 acres, large enough that supply is comparatively high (always an issue in Burgundy). The hillside sits at the southern edge of the village of Chablis, facing due east. It is striking to look at, as it rises quite high above the valley and the plateau at the top is covered with dense woods.
This eastern exposure means plenty of morning sun, but cooler afternoons. Consequently one finds plenty of richness and power but still enough acidity to keep the wine balanced. This richness makes the wine relatively approachable in its youth. Virginie Moreau believes this is doubtless the most accessible of her Premier Crus, full of pretty floral and white fruit character. Young or old, there is no question that it is excellent - a perfect expression of Chablis.