Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Region: France - Burgundy

It’s impossible to discuss Chassagne-Montrachet without mentioning the name Bernard Moreau. Year to year, this celebrated producer vinifies and bottles some of the purest, most thought-provoking wines of the appellation. Employing a style of wine making that might best be described as hands-off, Bernard produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious.

The winery’s roots go back to 1809 when Auguste Moreau built a cellar across from the Champs Gain vineyard and farmed his few hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot along the golden slope. The 1930s saw an expansion of the family’s vineyards under the guidance of Marcel Moreau. Roughly 80% of the domaine’s current vineyard holdings were acquired by Marcel. At age 14, Bernard Moreau took over the vineyards and cellar in the early 1960’s. In 1977 the reputation of this great estate was fully established under the leadership of Bernard and Françoise Moreau and the winery was named Domaine Bernard Moreau. In addition to the changes in equipment, farming and wine making, they also purchased additional land bringing the vineyard total to 14 hectares. To help with wine making, viticulture and sales, sons Alex and Benoît joined the Domaine after having worked in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Alex and Benoit have loosely split the responsibilities of the operation with Benoit more focused on the vineyards and Alex more focused on the cellar. There first vintage was 1995 and they took over control of the vineyards and winemaking in 1999.

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Chassagne-Montrachet, Volnay, St Aubin
Proprietors Bernard Moreau
Founded 1809
Winemaker Alex Moreau
Annual Production 8,000 9 L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable

WINERY HOLDINGS

13.99 ha (34.6 acres)

8.98 ha owned (22.2 acres), 5.01 ha farmed (12.4 acres)

VINEYARDS
As with most all great Burgundian estates the emphasis at Domaine Moreau is on terroir. Treat the vineyards right and they’ll reward you with superior fruit. To maintain healthy balanced soils the winery uses organic fertilizers and no pesticides. To ensure greater flavor intensity they farm the land for lower yields through pruning, debudding, green harvesting in August, leaf thinning for Pinot Noir (on the morning sun side), and the planting of cover crops in certain vineyards to encourage competition and soak up moisture.

WINERY
Aged in French oak barrels (10%-50% new) for 12 to 20 months depending on the vineyard and vintage. Bernard states, “For our Pinot Noirs we don’t do any racking, fining or filtration. We want to make the purest expression of the Pinot Noir from our vineyards.”

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Total = 11 ha
Batârd-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay Brownish limestone & gravel
Bourgogne Aligote Aligote
Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay Clay
Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir Clay
Chassagne-Montrachet Chardonnay 4 ha
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay White oolitic limetone & Pierre de Chassagne limestone and P. Bellona clay N/A
Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Rouge Pinot Noir Planted 1960-1965 3.7 ha
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Champgains Chardonnay 0.12 ha
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes Chardonnay Planted 1955 – 1960 0.34 ha
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Grandes Ruchottes Chardonnay Planted 1939 Limestone & rock (roche mare) 0.34 ha
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers Chardonnay Slate, rocky with limestone N/A
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Chardonnay Limestone & iron; gravelly 0.34 ha
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Maltroie Chardonnay 0.65 ha
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly Chardonnay Limestone & clay 0.25 ha
Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Pinot Noir Clay & limestone N/A
Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Pinot Noir Oolitic limestone and clay N/A
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes Pinot Noir Clay & limestone N/A