Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc
Localization: Loire Valley, France
Tasting Notes: "Intro" blends the fruits from three terroirs mainly situated near Loges (limestone pebbles, silex, marl). It opens pure and subtle on the nose but is nonetheless quite complex for an introductory wine, reminiscent of crushed stones and gravel as well as fresh white and green fruits. Perfectly round and elegant on the palate, this is an intense, immediately attractive, medium-to-full-bodied Pouilly with a solid mineral finish and fruity charm. An excellent introduction to the Corty universe.
Food Pairing: Marvellous with seafood, grilled fish, roasted or grilled meats, cheese.
The Domain: The origins of Domaine Moreux go back to 1677 when Edme Corty laid the foundations in Pouilly. André Moreux bought his first vines in 1702, but on the other side of the Loire, in Sancerre. It is incredible to think that their love of wine and the land would straddle 300 years of history and descend done through 12 generations!
These origins explain today Domaine Moreux's presence in the appellation of Pouilly-Fumé, and more exactly les loges, and in Sancerre at Chavignol. These two regal appellations of Sauvignon Blanc were united in 1955 by the marriage of Jeannine Corty and Raymond Moreaux, direct descendants of Edme and André. As a wedding present, their parents gave them a 4.5 hectares parcel of vineyards on a hillside – the ‘Loge Aux Moines’.
This parcel is part of the original vineyard of Pouilly, and was in fact the first cultivated one in the appellation by the Benedictine monks of the 11th century. They were the winemakers of their age, great herbalists, and had a direct link to nature, and they quickly understood that this place was ideal for growing vines.
Facing due South, overlooking the Loire, it benefits from the first rays of sunlight, more warmth throughout the day, and also an exceptional terroir, 100% kimmeridgian marl, with poor fertility, where the concentration of limestone is the highest in Pouilly. Thus in their eyes, it was a natural place to plant vines.
Patrice Moreux, the only son of Jeannine and Raymond, was given the keys to the house in 1979. He looked to preserve, improve, and build on his inheritance. In 1996 his curiosity and passion for wine took him to a new, but not-so-different place - the ‘Domaine des Vingtinières’. This vineyard in Provence, at the heart of the appellation Côte de Provence, surrounded by the Maures mountains, benefits from a microclimate and an exceptional terroir, made up of red earth and rock generally known as the ‘Permian plateau’. This too is an area destined to grow vines.
Today this fine story continues with the sons – Arnaud and Julien Moreux – who have worked respectively at the family Domaine since 2009 and 2011. In each bottle from the vineyards of Patrice Moreux, you will be tasting the passion, knowledge, and constant search for the truth: a philosophy where nature is the queen, leaving no place for any chemical interference or external yeasts. All ferments are natural, and the wines are made with the greatest of respect for their terroir.