Domaine Bernard Moreau
Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Grandes Ruchottes” ♥
1er Cru White barrel
Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
Sweet spot Outstanding
Note: from a .345 ha parcel of vines planted in 1939
Producer note: 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. The Chassagne villages and the En Remilly were bottled in January 2019. (The Sorting Table, www.thesortingtable.com, CA, USA; O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, all UK; Pearl of Burgundy, www.pearlofburgundy.com, Hong Kong and Macau).
Tasting note: Once again there is a distinct coolness to the restrained, pure and elegant nose that only grudgingly reveals its aromas of pretty white flowers, citrus and a whiff of wet stone. The super-sleek and intense mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors possess excellent length on the powerful, focused and quinine-suffused finish where a hint of wood appears. This is first-rate with the aging potential to match.