Bernard Moreau is a very dedicated grower in Chassagne who owns an impressive array of vineyards. He aims to produce wines with excellent purity of fruit and concentration at his 10-hectare estate. No Grand Cru’s but the quality of the Premier Cru approaches many lesser Grand Crus. Moreau recently installed a new bladder press for better extraction of fruit and aromas, giving the wines both more intensity and finesse. After pressing, the wine runs, by means of gravity, into oak casks in the barrel cellar below the cuverie. One-third new oak, from 3 different tonneliers, is used for the white wines, and one fifth for the reds. The white wines see weekly bâtonnage (or stirring of the lees) and are generally bottled in September, before the new harvest. In the words of Pierre Rovani (Wine Advocate #123) Moreau produces “plump, opulent, and delicious” wines.
Bernards son, Alex Moreau has been at the helm of the family estate since 1999. He is an example of the new wave of French winemakers who are combining the old traditional ways with that of modern winemaking. However, he is acutely aware of the primacy that the vineyards hold in the quality of the final product. The vineyard sites and the management of the vines is the key to quality. No amount of technology or work in the winery can make up for lack of attention in the vineyards.