Bernard Moreau 2018 Offer

Readers will know the high esteem in which I hold Domaine Bernard Moreau and winemaker Alexandre Moreau. You want the best Chassagne-Montrachet? This is where you call first. I have absolutely no reason to alter that view with respect to the 2018s. “We started picking on 30 August, the same date as 2017 but the profile of the vintage is different,” Moreau told me surrounded by stainless steel vats. “This was because of the size of the crop and the heat. I like to have freshness and not too much alcohol, so I was anxious about the picking date. So I controlled the maturity, constantly tasting in the vineyard and soon realised that the sugar level can rise quicker than the phenolic maturity. Maybe people are expecting something like 2003, but the 2018s are not heavy at all. For the Village and Premier Crus the alcohol is between 13.0° and 13.5°. As usual we practice natural fermentations, no racking and so forth – the only difference in 2018 is that it was a super-long alcoholic fermentation. Many barrels were fermenting until July – and I don’t mind that – I like to play this game as you have activity in the barrel with the fine lees in suspension and natural CO2 that protects your wine. The pH is around 3.19, which gives them a lot of freshness. It is not a vintage for early bottling and so most of the Premier Crus will be bottled next Spring.” NEAL MARTIN

This small family-run domaine continues to be one of the most exciting addresses in the Cote de Beaune. From top to bottom, this is an impressive range. ANTONIO GALLONI

Every year I look forward to this offer as much as any and more than most. Over the last large handful of years the wines of Bernard and Alexandre Moreau have firmly ensconced themselves in to my top echelon of white Burgundy producers. Wines of precision and real character that never fail to deliver a crystalline expression of their terroirs and which are always among the best examples I am lucky enough to taste in any given year. Somehow Moreau manages to find a little extra in any vintage and every climat, he coaxes a touch more power, a dollop more minerality and a degree more intensity than his neighbours.

What’s more, for some reason I find incomprehensible but am hoping they never catch on to, the remain relatively well priced in the realms of Burgundy and an absolute steal in terms of their quality. Long may that continue because it is a rare beast indeed these days, a top tier producer we can actually afford to buy.

They are now eagerly sought after by a growing number of collectors who have caught on recently and they tend to sell out extraordinarily quickly. Limits are tiny and the wines are only being offered to a very small group of customers but I fully expect them to sell out in moments so please get in quickly if you would like to secure some.

As you can see by the notes from Neal Martin (Vinous Media’s resident Burgundy nut) these promise to be some of the best whites from the vintage.