Bernard Moreau

Volnay 1er Cru Santenots

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

Pinot Noir Clay & limestone N/A

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Size: 29.05 ha (71.8 acres)
  • Winery Holdings: Purchased fruit – area (hectares) varies
  • Situated from about 720 to 918 feet in elevation, Volnay Santenots is made up of six climats:  Les Plures 10.44 ha (25.8 acres); Les Santenots Blancs 2.91 ha (7.2 acres); Les Santenots du Milieu 6.79 ha (16.8 acres); Clos des Santenots 1.21 ha (3 acres) and Les Santenots Dessous 7.64 ha (18.9 acres).
  • The vineyard is actually located in Meursault but has been permitted to label its wine Volnay-Santenots as the vineyard is more similar to Volnay.  However, Santenots has more clay in its soil than is typical for Volnay, making for wines that age well and are described as full-bodied with developed texture and without high tannins. Only Pinot Noir is planted.
  • Otton I, the King of Germania, who had decided to restore the crown of Charlemagne by defeating many enemies, was crowned Emperor of the Holy Empire of Romans and Germania in 962. The use of the term Cortun by the Citeaux Abbey and a quotation in 1483, Clos de Courthon, lead to the ancient form CORT-IS OTTON I “the royal domain of Otton”. Sometime around 937 Otton I acquired the Aloxe Domaine that still bears his name.

BERNARD MOREAU

  • This wine comes from the Les Plures vineyard, which is in the south part of Volnay; it gives a rich and velvety nose.
  • Alex did use 100% new wood, but has reduced oak to only 60%, with 30% of it new.  He does a tiny bit of whole cluster, which adds some spicy notes.
  • Only 5 barrels are produced.
Harvest Notes
  • This wine comes from the Les Plures vineyard, which is in the south part of Volnay; it gives a rich and velvety nose. Alex did use 100% new
  • Alex did use 100% new wood, but has reduced oak to only 60%, with 30% of it new.
  • He does a tiny bit of whole cluster, which adds some spicy notes.
  • Only 5 barrels are produced.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Grown on soils of chalk and red clay found in the south part of Volnay.
  • Fermented and aged 60% in French oak barrels (30% new) and 40% stainless steel tanks using naturally occurring yeast.
  • Aged for 14-18 months.
  • Bottled without fining and usually without filtration unless the wine is cloudy.
Technical Information
  • Domaine Bernard Moreau delivers their red grapes to the winery in 15 kilo baskets. Initially, the grapes were transferred to a sorting table and 100% de-stemmed.
  • Fermentation was done with as many whole berries as possible, but now Alex is experimenting with 30-40% whole cluster (with stems) for 1er Cru Chassagne-Montrachet rouge and his Volnays. Oddly enough, this makes the wines more delicate, not more rustic.
  • Only 5 barrels are produced.

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