2022 Louis Moreau Petit Chablis, Burgundy, France

Petit Chablis is a fresh and very aromatic wine. Its fruity nose carries a suggestion of apple and citrus notes. In the mouth, a nice gustatory attack is combined with a round and fine palate.

$28.99
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ABOUT THIS WINE

Generally, Petit Chablis parcels are harvested during the second half of the harvest in order to give the grapes an extra time to mature. The vineyard is planted on sandy soils on 4 hectares (8.8 acres) of land. Vines planted in 1987. Once the juices are in stainless steel tanks, they first go through 100% alcoholic fermentation activated with natural yeast during 15 to18 days at low temperature (18°C) then through 100% malolactic fermentation thanks to natural bacteria at 20°C for a few months.

After a racking manipulation to take out the gross lees, the wine ages in tank for at least 4 months and then it is fined before a cold filtration and bottling. This last part is done tank by tank, as soon as the bottles are sold, the rest of the wine remaining in tank. The objective is to maximise the freshness and fruitiness of this Petit Chablis.

ABOUT THIS PRODUCER

Domaine Louis Moreau is a 50-hectare estate based in the commune of Beines in the heart of the Chablis appellation. Louis and his wife Anne founded the domaine in 1994 with half the family vineyards once leased to the négocaint firm J. Moreau & Fils. Louis Moreau owns parcels in four of Chablis’ seven grand cru climats including the grand cru Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos, three premier crus, and several plots in the Chablis and Petit Chablis appellations. Louis seeks clarity of site in each of his wines and all his decisions in the vineyard and cellar are meant to bring out the personality of each terroir. The domaine is made up of an impressive number of premier cru and grand cru vineyards with additional holdings in Chablis and Petit Chablis totaling 50 hectares. Petit Chablis comes from the sandy-Portlandian limestone soils of the plateau above the valley. Village-level Chablis is from classic Kimmeridgian clay and is from parcels mainly in Beines and near the town of Chablis. The three premier crus are Vaulignot, Vaillons, and Fourneaux, each of them in a side valley of the Serein river. The grand crus include Blanchot, Vaudésir, Valmur, and Les Clos. The Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos, located towards the bottom of Les Clos, is bottled separately from Les Clos in only the best vintages. Vineyards are farmed lutte raisonée with some of the premier cru and grand cru vineyards in conversion to organic. Massal selection is the preferred method of replanting. Petit Chablis and Chablis are machine-harvested. “We’re using the third generation of machine harvester,” says Louis, “it’s very gentle and works well when we need to be quick.” The premier and grand crus are hand-harvested, and whole bunches go directly into the press. Fermentation is spontaneous except for Petit Chablis, and malolactic fermentation is controlled depending on the vineyard and vintage. All wines are vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks except for grand cru Valmur which ages in up to 25% new 500-liter French oak. The wines receive a gentle filtration before bottling.

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Grape(s) Chardonnay
Farming Sustainable