Louis Moreau was born from the passion of a family settled in Chablis since 1814. As early as the late 19th century, the love of this family for great wines led to the purchase of plots in Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. Today, as a proprietor of parcels in five of the Grands Crus, including a monopole, the domaine works many plots within the appellations of Petit Chablis, Chablis and Premiers Crus, in full harmony with the environment. The most prestigious of its wines is the monopole Chablis Grand Cru Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos, acquired by the Moreau family in 1904.
Located on the northern part of Bourgogne, 180 km away from Paris, going south east, Chablis vineyards cover 5600 hectares over 18 villages. Composed 100% of Chardonnay grape variety, Chablis terroir takes its unique typicity from a soil called ”Kimméridgien” made of layers of clay and limestone 240 million year-old and keeping in its layers ammonites and fossilized oysters (exogyra virgula) that give to Chablis terroir its unique character and to its wines minerality and purity.
In the heart of this exceptional terroir vineyards, Domaine Louis Moreau parcels are spread over the 4 levels of the appellation, therefore offering a full range of Chablis wines that combine minerality, finesse, elegance and purity.
Chablis achieves its highly distinctive mineral character due to its cool northerly climate and its highly calcareous soil. The Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis is fruity and vivid, with floral notes and hints of apple and pear. Bright acidity, with minerality and a palate balanced by roundness and finesse.
Chablis Les Vaillons 1er Cru is one of the largest Chablis premier crus and sits in a side valley on the left bank of the Serein with classic Kimmeridgian clay soil. Les Vaillons has a southeastern exposure with full morning sun and cools in the evening helping to preserve freshness.
Generous, fleshy and lively. The soil composed of clay and calcareous marls ensures its minerality & vivacity. This is offset by a concentration of aromas that stem from the old vines which give to the wine its roundness & richness.
“Lemon peel, grapefruit and chervil with an ample serving of crushed stone and sea shell minerality; lively, fresh and long.”
91 Points – Decanter World Wine Awards
2018 Grand Cru
Chablis Les Clos is the largest grand cru and for many is the quintessential wine of Chablis. Les Clos faces south with well-draining and rocky Kimmeridgian soil. Les Clos generally produces one of the most potent and longest-lived wines of Chablis and yet can be a pleasure to drink in its youth. It produces dry but generous & powerful wines. It develops a very mineral bouquet, displaying an elegant fineness and impressive length in the mouth.
95 Points – BEST CHABLIS – Wine & Spirits Magazine 2021
“Creamy richness of apple, with plenty of extract and a stony rather than steely undertow. Good length.”
2019 Grand Cru
“Smokily reductive with a note of struck match. Rich, chewy, deep. Herby citrus fruit, rich and ripe but with excellent balancing acidity. Long, too.”
2018 Grand Cru
‘Clos des Hospices’
Clos des Hospices dans les Clos is a family monopole, property of the Moreau family since 1904. In the past, this single parcel was enclosed within walls of dry stones and belonged to the monks of Chablis Hospices, hence its name of ‘Clos des Hospices’.
Grand Cru Clos des Hospices produces exceptional wines, displaying great generosity. Its nose is full and expressive, with a nice minerality confirmed by an elegant length in the finish.
17++/20 – Jancis Robinson