Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Grandes Ruchottes

Region: France - Burgundy

Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils

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, Alex Moreau produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious.

Grapes / Soils

Chardonnay Planted 1939 Limestone & rock (roche mare) 0.34 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Size: 2.12 ha  (5.26 acres)
  • Winery Holdings: 0.34 ha (0.86 acre)
  • Underlaid by marly limestone, this superior white wine vineyard is composed of the climats Les Petits Clos, Les Grands Ruchottes and Les Fairendes. It is positioned at an elevation of 853 feet to 919 feet. Adjoining Premier Cru vineyards are Champgains, En Cailleret, Les Petites Fairendes and La Romanée. Both red and white grapes are allowed.
  • Ruchottes is the feminine and plural form of Roche «rock». Masses of fallen rock from the adjoining La Grand Montagne give this Lieux-dit its name.

Bernard Moreau:

  • This is the oldest vineyard for Bernard Moreau.It was planted by Alex’s grandfather in 1939.
  • There is very little top soil, 35-40cm. Soils are limestone and rock, “roche mare.”
  • Wines have power balanced with minerality.
  • Grandes Ruchottes is at the same quality level as Volnay-Caillerets.
  • These two vineyards are widely considered to be of Grand Cru status.
Winemaker's Notes
  • These wines have power balanced with minerality.
  • They age the longest.
  • The wines need time to age, 4-8 years.
  • Grandes Ruchottes is at the same quality level as Volnay-Caillerets.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Chardonnay grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1939.
  • Grown on soils of limestone & rock (roche mare).
  • Fermented in 10%-30% new French oak barrels, using naturally occurring yeast.
  • Aged in 10%-30% new French oak barrels.
  • Aged for 18 months.
  • Bottled without fining and usually without filtration unless the wine is cloudy.

General Info

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