2017 Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis

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Louis Moreau's Petit Chablis is produced entirely in stainless steel tank, expressing the pure essence of Chablisian Chardonnay. Not requiring the seriousness or patience of Grand Cru Chablis, Petit Chablis shines as a fresh, aromatic white that delivers the beautiful minerality and vivacious joy the region is known for. Enjoy while young and vibrant, this is packed with flavors of fresh apple and citrus. Moreau's Petit Chablis is an ideal aperitif wine, and is wonderful as a pairing with Comté or fresh goat cheese.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2018 | Send Email
I was fortunate enough to visit Moreau last year while passing from the Rhone Valley to the Loire. We made this not to on-the-way detour and I was happy to have done it. The wines from top to bottom are excellent, expressing some of the best values we have in white Burgdundy from Cote Chalonnaise to Chablis. Petit Chablis always seems like an after thought for many producers, but with Moreau, the wine has crackle and a sinewy frame. There is lots of green apple fruit, wet stones and a whisper of fresh thyme on the palate. It is the perfect accompaniment to so many foods but a classic butter basted pan-fried halibut would be my first choice.

Staff Image By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2018 | Send Email
A rich nose of honey and wet stone. Smooth minerality, candied orange and lime peel. Lifted and clean. Possibly this summers perfect white? You'll have to try it !

Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2018 | Send Email
I generally believe that Petit Chablis should consumed young and only when in France. However, this offering from Louis Moreau has me rethinking that position. I was very impressed by the classic Chablis character of this wine. This is a clean and fruit driven wine. It's 100% tank fermented and clocks in at a mere 12.5% alcohol making it a contender for my "wine of the summer". This is a thirst quenching and refreshing wine that will pair well with simple meals and backyard lounging. As they say, it drinks well above its weight class.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5