“I find Moreau to be one of the most exciting young growers in Chablis and his wines are well worth the trouble to get to know if you haven't yet tried them.” Allen Meadows of Burghound
Alain Graillot, Syrah producer extraordinaire from the Northern Rhone, introduced many people to the wines of Stéphane Moreau. I really enjoy hearing when a winemaker I appreciate recommends another producer as "one to watch". My first introduction to Moreau Naudet came in March 2013, having lunch in Chablis between tastings, with Justin Willett of Tyler and Tommy Wenzlau of Wenzlau Vineyards.
Stéphane Moreau is a protégé in the vineyard management and winemaking concepts of Vincent Dauvissat, Didier Dagueneau and Nadi Foucault (Clos Rougeard). He offers everything we search for in quality growers, starting with a vast holding of old vines with many parcels at 50 years of age. Another great attribute is his youthful approach in turning his family domaine around with the use of non-industrial growing methods and a goal to create truly distinctive and extraordinary wines.
The Moreau methods on 13.5 hectares are as follows – hand ploughing, organic viticulture, hand-harvesting, whole berry pressing, natural yeast fermentation, natural settling, long slow elevage in large oak and low sulfur. My experience over the years has the wines showing riper than many of his peers who farm the same parcels.
Stéphane calls ‘Forêts’ "...one of the greatest terroirs of Chablis." ‘Forêts’, a lieu-dit of 1er Cru Montmains (located high up the slope; facing southeast), is one of the most sought-after of Chablis' 1er Crus and certainly can produce Chablis of the highest order as Dauvissat has shown so many times (Raveneau also has a small parcel here). The soil in this vineyard is valued for its myriad clay types and abundance of stones, which create a warm microclimate. Moreau's parcel is right next door to that of Dauvissat and the vines are approximately the same age (50 years). As with all the 1er Crus at chez Moreau-Naudet, the wine is aged and fermented in both steel tank and used barrels of various sizes.