No one in Chablis today is generating more excitement than Stephane Moreau of Moreau-Naudet. His Petit Chablis bottling is one that transcends the basic appellation, and showcases the magic that can occur when a fanatic-like emphasis on the vineyard is your starting point.
The balance between purity, expression of place, and outright deliciousness cannot be overstated. It outperforms higher priced wines from even more heralded sites. The fresh, energetic and explosive notes of pear and lemon zest jump out of the glass. This is a terrific wine to enjoy over the next year. Once warmer weather hits you'll want to stock this in your fridge.
Today much of Chablis is still harvested by machines, and herbicides and pesticides are widely used. Moreau-Naudet is a great exception to this unfortunate rule. Since joining his father at the Domaine and taking over in 1999, Stephane flipped everything on its head. Today: full organic farming with biodynamic principles, natural yeast fermentation, and harvesting 100% by hand.
The style here is relatively ripe for Chablis and what stands out the most is a supreme textural sophistication - think weight without density. Wines here are defined by their balance and grace, above all else.
If you tend to drink crisper whites, then you need to pay attention to Chablis now, and there is no place better to start than with Moreau-Naudet.