Domaine Christian Moreau Père & Fils, Chablis
2016 Burgundy En Primeur
Christian Moreau comes from a long-established Chablis family, with outstanding vineyard holdings at the heart of some of the finest Grands Crus. With his son Fabien (who is now in charge of day-to-day run-ning of the Domaine), he has set up a cutting-edge, top quality Chablis estate from which we were pio-neers in shipping directly with the 2004 vintage. Judicious use is made of stainless steel, aged oak and small proportions of new oak barrels for fermentation and ageing.
Being certified organic, Fabien had to be even more conscientious than usual when faced with a growing season laced with frost, a damp spring and hail. By early August 2016, the potential harvest was already less than half that of a regular vintage: “then – thank-fully! – conditions became warm, summery and settled, drying the grapes and allowing for a steady, even ripening,” said Fabien when we saw him in November 2017. “Harvest started on 25th September (3 weeks later than in 2015 and 2017), when we knew that ripeness was perfect, and the grape juice harmonious in all its elements.” Experience and pas-sionate attention to detail have allowed Fabien to make a selection of lovely fresh-yet-ripe wines, with each one expressing its origin with great precision.