Region: Chablis Grapes: Chardonnay First Glance: Juicy, Spicy, Fresh, Concentrated
The Wine: Stéphane Moreau used to call Forêts “one of the greatest terroirs of Chablis”. It’s a historical sub-plot within the 1er Cru Montmains, high up the slope and facing southeast. It can undoubtedly produce Chablis of the highest order, as both Dauvissat and Moreau have shown many times (Raveneau also has a small parcel). Moreau farms two plots of vines here, with a total area of just under two hectares. The first plot is alongside Vincent Dauvissat’s vineyard and the vines are the same age, approximately 60 years. The second (with 25-year-old vines) sits next to the Raveneau parcel. As with all the 1er Cru wines (apart from Montmains), the wine fermented and aged in both steel tank and used barrels (30%) of various sizes. The maturation now extends to two years.
The Review: Christy Canterbury MW - 94pts "This Forêts lights up the palate with perky, fresh herb top notes followed by juicy tangerine and yellow grapefruit flavors accented by cracked white pepper. The vivid freshness immediately draws you in. The precise structure is defined by tingly acidity finely framing the mid-weight yet concentrated body. It all leads to a lingering, chalky and lightly earthy finish.”