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2017 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis

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This 45-hectare Domaine was planted by Jean-Jacques Moreau in the 1970s, and is owned by Louis and Anne Moreau, who farm it with great care. They have stopped using all pesticides, reduced herbicides, and started plowing between rows instead of spraying. It’s one of the larger contiguous parcels in Burgundy, and is planted on a south/southeast-facing slope in eastern Chablis. The site could not have been better chosen. Its orientation and soils are very similar to some of the best Premier Cru vineyards, and with the expertise of the Moreau family driving the venture, it was bound to be a success. Now that the vines have reached the 45-year mark, the quality is unmistakable. As the plants have aged, the fruit character has evolved to include a more definite mark of the chalky, limestone minerality for which Chablis is famous. Yet the vigor of the vines is also poured into a smaller fruit production, giving a richness, weight and depth to the berries as well. Today the wine has everything, from minerality and snappy acidity to weight and rich stone fruit notes. It’s a complex and beautiful expression of this old-vine site. The Bieville is always a bit rounder and richer in character than their Louis Moreau Chablis, but retains the same sense of freshness and bright minerality to accompany the lovely floral notes.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
Geology plays such an integral part in the mineral-scented, chalky soils of Chablis that it cannot be overlooked or diminished, giving it a uniquely defined sense of place comparable to the Mosel region of Germany. And these unoaked wines, glistening gold in the glass and bristling with acidity and ripe with citrus, mineral and russet apple flavors can be a pure joy to drink. Let me wax words by stating that Chablis is one of the most 'charmonious' white wines on earth, and the perfect foil for shellfish, lighter pasta dishes and soft cheeses.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
Every year I look forward to the release of this Chablis from Louis and his wife, Ann as it's always so lively and fresh but has a touch more roundness on the texture yet not a speck of oak. This vintage is fabulous, exhibiting cheerful fresh lemon and grapefruit aromas and flavors and the flinty, steely, mineral profile of the limestone terroir. The acidity is bright and energetic; a refreshing accompaniment to this hot SoCal weather. Enjoy with grilled fish, or pasta with clams.

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- 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, Mâcon, 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.


- 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.


- 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