2011 MOREAU BERNARD BOURGOGNE BLANC
"This is reserved, with apple, melon and light citrus notes mingling with the fresh profile. Offers moderate length and a lemony finish. Drink now." Bruce Sanderson Wine Spectator 87 points
|Itís impossible to discuss Chassagne-Montrachet without mentioning the name Bernard Moreau. Year to year, this celebrated producer vinfies and bottles some of the purest, most thought provoking wines of the appellation. Employing a style of winemaking that might best be described as hands off, this Domaine produces wines that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious. The wineryís roots go back to 1809 when Auguste Moreau built a cellar and farmed his few hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot along the golden slope. The 1930s saw an expansion of the familyís vineyards under the guidance of Marcel Moreau who was responsible for acquiring roughly 80% of the Domaineís current vineyard holdings. Bernard Moreau took over the vineyards and cellar in the early 1960ís. In 1977 the reputation of this great estate was fully established under the leadership of Bernard and Francoise Moreau and the winery was named Domaine Bernard Moreau. In addition to improving equipment, farming and winemaking, they also purchased additional land bringing the vineyard total to 14 hectares. To maintain healthy, balanced soils the winery uses organic fertilizers and no pesticides. Bernardís sons Alex and Benoit joined the Domaine after having worked in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa - Alex is responsible for the cellars and Benoit for the vineyards.