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2020 Moreau-Naudet Chablis ‘Vaillons’ Premier Cru

Responsibly Farmed
Hidden Gem
Classic in Style
Woman Winemaker

Moreau Naudet will forever be one of our most cherished producers. Known for producing Dauvissat-style wines, young or old, there is no question that it is excellent – a perfect expression of Chablis.

Organic/biodynamic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation and women-winemaker.

White
  • Tasting Notes lemon, lemon rind, crunchy stone fruit, white flower, flint, wet rocks
  • Variety Chardonnay
  • Region France, Burgundy
  • Volume 750ml
  • Alcohol Volume 13%
  • Table Talk The label symbolizes "the hand that is necessary in terroir work."

$77.00

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Domaine Moreau-Naudet will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Arden and Margaux visited Stéphane in 2016 after one of the worst hailstorms that hit Burgundy in years. Stéphane had lost almost 80% of his crop the night before our visit and he still welcomed us with a big smile and open arms the next morning.

“Stéphane Moreau may be very young but he’s already been making wine for more than a decade and that he possesses a gifted touch is evident to anyone who has had the pleasure of tasting his wines. One of the strengths of the young is that they’re open minded to new ideas and Moreau told me that he has begun experimenting with biodynamics….. 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, BURGHOUND

Stéphane passed away in September 2016, just a few months after our visit. After a period of uncertainty, Stéphane’s wife, Virginie, and his assistant winemaker voiced a strong commitment to continuing Stéphane’s vision. 2015 was the last vintage Stéphane made but subsequent vintages have remained true to his style.

CHARDONNAY
As the most popular white grape for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. Notable regions for this grape include Chablis or Burgundy in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia. When pairing with food, consider the characteristics of your wine first. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.

BURGUNDY, FRANCE
Burgundy is a historical region in east-central France that covers a wide area with ranging climates. The large number of producers and appellations within Burgundy can make the region seem complicated to the eye. At its essence though, Burgundy can be quite simple. This is the home for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these wines are second-to-none around the world. Burgundy winemakers were the pioneers for premium Chardonnay production and continue to provide a benchmark of excellence in viticulture and winemaking for all of their varieties.

Vineyard location is extremely important in Burgundy. The location will determine their quality level within the Burgundy appellation hierarchy. The highest-quality vineyards will generally have a south or southeast facing exposure providing the most access to sunlight and offering protection from westerly winds. These wines may be listed as premier cru or grand cru on the bottle label. Soils in Burgundy can vary depending on the area, but you’ll find many of them are rich in limestone and clay. Burgundian wines can age for many years if stored properly and will often hit their peak drinking age 5-10 years after production.

Chablis, the Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais are all appellations within Burgundy that have different rules and produce different styles of wines. Perhaps even more well-known are the sub-appellations within. The small villages of Corton, Montrachet, Meursault, and so on have reputations for producing the best white wine in the world.