Bernard Moreau

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot

Region: France - Burgundy

Bernard Moreau

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 Limestone & iron; gravelly 0.34 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Size: 54.17 ha (133.8 acres)
  • Winery Holdings: 0.34 ha (0.86 acre)
  • Laying in the southern end of the appellation, Morgeot has 21 sub-divisions also known as climats. Soils are generally clay over a limestone base. Both red and white grapes are planted. Adjoining Premiere Cru vineyards are Champgains and En Cailleret to the north. The appellation of Santenay is on the border to the south. Both red and white grapes are allowed.
  • Morgeot translates literally from Gallic Morga “border, limit.” Morgeot corresponds to the ancient Gallo-Roman limit between the Pagus Cabilonnensis “Le Chalonnais” and the Pagus Belnensis “le Beaunois.”

Bernard Moreau:

  • 50% of the domaine’s Morgeot comes from Le Carduse, which has very rocky soil, and 50% comes from Les Fairendes, which has yellow/red soil that is very easy to work.
  • Morgeot vineyard wines are richer, bigger and with more power.
  • The wines age very well.
  • Alex believes that it is important to avoid picking too late here for the wines can become too big and lose structure.
  • This white wine demonstrates a strong capability for aging.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Chardonnay grapes.
  • Grown on soils of limestone & iron; gravelly.
  • 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