Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils

Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes

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 Clay & limestone N/A

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Size: 15.41 ha (38.1 acres)
  • Winery Holdings: Purchased fruit – area (hectares) varies
  • Clos de Chênes is the largest Premier Cru of Volnay and is situated from an elevation of 918 to 1050 feet.
  • This vineyard is often thought to be the best example of Volnay, however there is a divergence between the higher and lower areas which are bisected by the road D 973. The lower section is considered the superior portion and is situated on well-drained soil above Jurassic limestone with a south-eastern exposure.
  • Only Pinot Noir is planted.
  • Chênes means oak. Before vines, this was a place of oak trees.


  • The vines grow on clay and limestone and it’s higher in altitude.
  • Clos des Chênes is one of the more masculine parcels in Volnay. There is more structure to the wines.
  • More than 1/3 of this wine is fermented whole cluster.
  • Only 2 barrels are produced.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Grown on soils of Clay & limestone.
  • 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.
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 2 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