Domaine Alex Moreau Region: France - Burgundy

It’s impossible to discuss Chassagne-Montrachet without mentioning the name Moreau. Year to year, these celebrated wines and producers vinify and bottle some of the purest, most thought-provoking wines of the appellation.  Domaine Alex Moreau is the natural progression from storied Domaine Bernard Moreau, Alex’s father and rightfully venerated vingeron in Burgundy. Employing a style of wine making that might best be described as hands-off, the house produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious.

In 2021, Alex assumed full control of the domaine, its winery, cellar, winemaking and vineyards.

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 in the 1990s after working in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Alex responsible for the overall operations of the winery including cellar, winemaking and the vineyards. He and his partner in wine and  life, wife Martine, are the stewards of Domaine Moreau.

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 in the 1990s after having worked in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Today Alex Moreau is proudly establishing the reputation for his own wines and direction. Martine plays an active and vital role in the winery business, and they are writing the next chapter in the legacy of Domaine [Alex] Moreau.

 

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Chassagne-Montrachet, Volnay
Proprietors Alex Moreau
Founded 2020
Winemaker Alex Moreau
Annual Production
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable

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
Red wines are generally aged in French oak barrels (10%-50% new) for 12 to 20 months depending on the vineyard and vintage. Alex 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.”