Bernard Moreau

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Maltroie

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 0.65 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Size: 11.59 ha (28.66 acres)
  • Winery Holdings: 0.65 ha (1.61 acres)
  • The vineyard is in central Chassagne-Montrachet. In the town of Chassagne-Montrachet, one of the roads looks like a scythe. Maltoie is in the middle of this scythe.
  • Vines are situated above argovian marlstone and are planted equally to red and white grapes. Adjoining Premieres Crus vineyards are Champgains, Ez Crets, Chassagne and the town of Chassagne.  Both red and white grapes are allowed.
  • Maltroie comes from Medieval Latin Martyretum «burial place of martyrs or Christ witnesses, Christian cemetery». Roman cemeteries were often placed near Roman highways while Middle Ages cemeteries were near churches. Being near a Gallo–Roman highway leads one to believe these place names derive from Gallo-Roman necropolises, the supposed burial places of Christian martyrs, and that a cemetery was once here.

Bernard Moreau:

  • There are several climats of Maltroie (La Maltroie, Les Places, and Ez Crets).
  • The domaine sources from each of the latter two with one of the parcels being next to Gagnard’s plot.
  • The soils are deeper in this plot, similar to Vergers vs. more gravel in the Maltroie down the road.
  • These are bigger, richer wines with length and minerality.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Chardonnay grapes.
  • 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