Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2018 (Burgundy, France) - [JS 93] [WA 91] [JG 91]
Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2018 (Burgundy, France) - [JS 93] [WA 91] [JG 91]
Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2018 (Burgundy, France) - [JS 93] [WA 91] [JG 91]

Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2018
(Burgundy, France) - [JS 93] [WA 91] [JG 91]

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It’s impossible to discuss Chassagne-Montrachet without mentioning the name Bernard Moreau. Year to year, this celebrated producer vinifies and bottles some of the purest, most thought-provoking wines of the appellation. Employing a style of wine making that might best be described as hands-off, Alex Moreau produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious.

Total Size: 180 ha (445 acres) village vineyards
Winery Holdings: 3.7 ha (9.14 acres) Reds
Home to 3 Grand Cru vineyards, 16 Premier Cru Climats and 47 AOC Lieux-dits.

The vineyards are also located in Chassagne-Montrachet, and these are specifically just below Pierres. From old vines 50-55 years of age. The winemaker tries to be very gentle with the wine to avoid coarse tannins. He reduced the oak treatment since 2011 from 30% to 25% to avoid dried out tannins.

Technical Information

Made from Pinot Noir grapes.
Vine age planted 1960-1965.
Fermented in 10%-30% new French oak barrels, using naturally occurring yeast.
Aged in 10%-30% new French oak barrels.
Aged for 14-15 months.
Bottled without fining and usually without filtration unless the wine is cloudy.

93 Points - James Suckling:
"Plums with dried strawberries, burnt lemon and some flowers. Very pure. Full-bodied with a compact palate and velvety tannins that are polished and very pretty at the end. Balanced and energetic. So delicious now, but even better in a couple of years."

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Bursting with aromas of rose petals, berries, spices and blood orange, the 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes is medium to full-bodied, charming and succulent, with a perfumed core of fruit, powdery tannins and a nicely defined finish. Vinified with 30% whole cluster and finishing up at 13.1% alcohol, this delicious Chassagne is one of the sleepers of the vintage. Drink 2020-2040." -WK (1/9/20)

91 Points - John Gilman, View from the Cellar:
As I have mentioned several times in recent years, the red wines of Chassagne-Montrachet are one of the few in Burgundy that seem to be benefiting (at least so far) from global warming, and this is quickly becoming one of the best values for red wines to be found in the region. Alex Moreau has been one of the leaders in crafting more elegant examples of Chassagne rouge in recent years and I am going to be writing a feature on the under-respected red wines of this commune in a coming issue. Alex’s 2018 old vine Chassagne rouge is outstanding, having included thirty percent whole clusters this year, seeing only ten percent new oak and tipping the scales at a very civilized 13.1 percent octane. The bouquet offers up a youthful bouquet of red and black cherries, bitter chocolate, gamebird, dark soil tones, a hint of orange peel and a gentle framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a good core of fruit, fine-grained tannins and a long, vibrant and very promising finish. This will be an excellent wine! 2025-2055+.

90 Points - Vinous:
The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Rouge is made from a blend of 50-year-old vines; this sample came from tank. It has quite an intense black currant and bilberry scented bouquet. The crisp palate is well balanced with slightly chewy tannins, the 10% new oak just lending a little midpalate depth, and a little peppery thanks to the 30% whole cluster fruit (a little more than in previous years). Delicious. (Drink between 2024-2032)