A High Point in a Great Vintage
2014 Moreau-Naudet Chablis 1er Cru Forets

Posted by Ian McFadden

Moreau-Naudet simpy nailed the 2014 vintage.

The domaine has quickly established itself as one of the best in Chablis. If you haven’t tasted the wines, 2014 is the vintage to check them out.

I write this with an enormous amount of sadness, because Stéphane Moreau passed away suddenly and far too young in August 2016.

Stéphane Moreau's family has been making wine since the 17th century, but it was his arrival that put the domaine on the map for Burgundy lovers. There was a mounting buzz about the wines. Burghound called him “One of the most exciting young growers in Chablis." My visit to the domaine last year was one of the most exciting and memorable of the trip.

The signature of the domaine is a captivating, deeply textural and racy style. Tasting them for the first time, you immediately stop and take notice.

The wines flourished in the 2014 vintage with its classical proportions and extra dose of power. The 2014s are the best wines that I've tasted from the domaine, and the Forêts is especially compelling.

Burghound's note on the '14 Forêts sums it up perfectly: "borderline painful on the focused, powerful and very serious finish. This highly persistent and impeccably well-balanced effort should age effortlessly." This captures the 2014 Forêts and Moreau-Naudet's style very well. The wines carry the concentration of very careful farming and winemaking and have incredible typicity and detail. Only the top examples of Chablis come close to working on all these registers.

Forêts is one of the most sought-after 1er Crus in Chablis, known for its complexity, finesse and aging potential. Moreau’s parcel is right next to Dauvissat’s, and along with Dauvissat, Moreau-Naudet’s is one of my favorite examples of the site.

For me, these are some of the most exciting wines coming out of Chablis. I'm very grateful to be able to offer the stunning 2014 Forêts.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden


Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Moreau-Naudet Chablis 1er Cru Forêts

Burghound: "This too displays copious Chablis typicity, indeed to the point that this could be from nowhere else, as the ripe but cool white orchard fruit, lemon rind, oyster shell and floral aromas are wonderfully airy and complex. There is superb intensity, in fact this is presently borderline painful on the focused, powerful and very serious finish. This highly persistent and impeccably well-balanced effort should age effortlessly."