When Alice and Olivier met in Chablis in the late '80s the wine world was very different. Chablis, like much of France, was churning out industrial wine that was drinkable but rarely interesting or unique. Farming was chemically enhanced, with the purveying philosophy of throw whatever you want into the vineyard. The De Moors went in a completely different directection when the planted their first vineyard in 1989. They farmed organically, eschewing chemicals of any kind, and worked with a deft, light touch in the cellar in order to allow their special terroir to shine through.30 years later they are now a well established, top tier producer in the world of natural wine and beyond. While much of Chablis is still produced with an industrial bent, there are now dozens of producers who farm organically and aim to produce interesting, terroir driven wines. The De Moors can certainly take some credit for helping to start this renaissance.
What importer Bowler Wine has to say about this wine...
50% Riesling from Alsace + 50% Chardonnay from the Yonne. Vendangeur Masqué or “masked harvester” is the label for De Moor wines made from sourced fruit or rented vines. The blend for "Caravan" changes annually, the name referencing the travel of the various varieties into the hands of Alice and Olivier, who make the wines in their home cellar in Courgis. The fruit is harvested by hand, destemmed and gently pressed. Fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tank. No sulfur is used at harvest or during vinification. The wine goes through malo naturally, is aged on its fine lees without bâtonnage in used foudre and is bottled in the spring following the harvest.
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