Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils

Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets

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

Pinot Noir Oolitic limestone and clay N/A

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Size: 14.32 ha (35.4 acres)
  • Winery Holdings: Purchased fruit – area (hectares) varies
  • Caillerets is right at the 820 foot “sweet spot” in elevation and is divided into three climats: Caillerets–Dessus 9.06 ha (22.4 acres); En Cailleret 2.87 ha (7.1 acres); and Clos des Soixante Ouvrées in Caillerets-Dessus 2.38 ha (5.9 acres.)
  • Vineyard soil is mostly oolitic limestone (limestone made up of oolites, small rounded particles) and marl (mixture of clay with calcium carbonate.) As the name Cailleret implies, small stones are prevalent in the vineyard and they reflect heat and facilitate good drainage.
  • Only Pinot Noir is planted.
  • Caillerets is derived from Caille, Caillou “pebble.”

BERNARD MOREAU

  • Wines from Caillerets display a deep rich aroma and minerality in flavor.
  • Only 5 barrels are produced.
Winemaker's Notes
  • 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.
  • Wines from Caillerets display a deep rich aroma and minerality in flavor.
  • Only 5 barrels are produced.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Grown on soils of Oolitic limestone and clay.
  • 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