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Expert Picks: Domaine Barat and Christian Moreau

Posted on | December 3, 2015 | Written by Michael Adler | No Comments

Michael Adler 5.29.15Chablis is one of my favorite appellations for white Burgundy because of its zippy crispness, ultra-refreshing acidity, and beguiling complexity. In addition to being food-friendly, it’s also often an incredible value, in part because of the way Chablis was marketed in the States for so many years. Those of you who enjoy a cleaner style of Chardonnay that’s less influenced by oak and more focused on minerality and bright citrus notes need to revisit Chablis. You’ll likely fall in love, as I have.

The two Chablis wines I’ve chosen differ greatly in many ways, yet while these two producers have very different artistic intentions, they both do a fantastic job. Along with a small selection of premier cru bottlings, Domaine Barat makes an exceptional entry-level AOC Chablis that’s incredibly affordable and consistently high quality. Domaine Christian Moreau, on the other hand, is one of my top three favorite makers of white Burgundies, and that’s not an exaggeration. Moreau’s wines are delicate yet powerful; mind-bendingly complex and delicious, Moreau’s wines impress me with their precise and artful representations of their respective terroirs. I cannot recommend Christian Moreau’s wines highly enough to fans of serious white Burgundy!

Domaine Barat 2013 Chablis $22.99

Clean, bright and very crisp, Domaine Barat’s ‘13 Chablis is an outstanding white Burgundy that will win you over with its incredible depth and complexity. Mid-weight and quite aromatic, it’s perfect complement for your holiday table, but it has enough stuffing to be the kind of white that you’ll want to drink year-round. Flavors of lemon and tart green apple mingle with steely mineral notes and a pleasant, refreshing acidity that keeps your mouth watering long after your glass is empty. Look no further for your go-to everyday white Burg!

C. Moreau 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Clos des Hospices Les Clos $119.99

Deriving from a walled vineyard plot at the bottom of the hill sitting close to the village of Chablis, Christian Moreau’s Chablis ‘12 Clos des Hospices is a powerful, muscular Chardonnay that will benefit immensely from another five or more years in the cellar. Clos des Hospices sees time in oak, but this is not an oaky wine in any way—the oak is there to provide structure, depth and complexity, playing a very minor role in the wine’s flavor profile. This is an insanely complex and delicious Chardonnay and one that easily holds its weight against the great masters in Puligny, Meursault and Corton-Charlemagne. The domaine is currently transitioning between generations of the Moreau family, with father Christian passing the torch to his son Fabien, who has already demonstrated his unique ability to make some of the world’s very best Chardonnay in Chablis.


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