Chablis Vendangeur Masqué 2018 — Chardonnay
A Wine That
Has taken on an entirely new meaning in 2020. Vendangeur Masqué means "the masked harvester" in French. The grapes are purchased from secret (organic) vineyards, which change from year to year, hence the realm of mystery around the cuvée—and now also very covid-appropriate! The wine itself is a staple of ours: the perfect introduction to the world of the revered De Moor cuvées. It tastes like the best lemon pie you've ever had, with a saline twist. Salted chocolate is a thing, and now salted lemon pie disguised as wine is also a thing.
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- Winemaker: De Moor
Where and How?
This is the Chablis from Alice and Olivier's négoce project, where they buy organic grapes from friends to be able to support themselves if a tricky vintage occurs (unfortunately in Chablis, hail and frost are common, and in unfortunate years they may be left with just a tiny amount of wine).
The wine fermented naturally (alcoholic and malolactic), and aged for a year in old barrels and stainless steel tanks, after which it was bottled unfined and unfiltered, with just a touch of sulphur.
Is it just us, or does even just the name De Moor evoke some kind of mythical, French Wuthering Heights-esque vibe? And we know it’s not about the labels, but the labels of these bottles - drawn by Olivier himself - with their trees, stars and moons, further heighten this mythical realm.
However, when you meet Alice & Olivier, no - they are not woodland pixies or land-dwelling merpeople. They are down-to-earth, grounded people who live from their land. In today’s wine world, they have been risen to cult status, but this all began from a simple desire to work somewhat differently to their neighbours; ie. without chemicals. Slowly but surely, wine drinkers and fellow winemakers came to realise that their wines evoked something different to the straightjacket, tightrope wines that Chablis had become famous for. Instead, these were wines with a little more wiggle, a little more emotion. There was something else to be found in those bottles, and without knowing it themselves, they kickstarted what would become a Burgundian revolution.