Domaine Roger & Christophe Moreux is a family estate located in the tiny hamlet of Chavignol, a village of barely 200 inhabitants along the Upper Loire River whose inhabitants are as renowned for their wine as they are for their cheese - Crottin de Chavignol. Roger and Christophe are the present Moreux proprietors and vignerons, but certainly not the first from the Moreux family to bear those titles. The Moreux family has been making wine in Sancerre since the 16th century, which earns the Moreux brothers the recognition as one of the oldest wine families in the entire region. More importantly, the brothers Moreux have learned a thing or two from their ancestral lineage – namely how to make world class Sancerre.
Roger and Christophe cultivate just 10 hectares (22 acres) of vines from which they fashion six special Sancerre offerings: four very tasty, traditional white Sancerre wines from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, a Sancerre Pinot Noir, and a Sancerre Rosé. All are entitled to bear the appellation designation Sancerre. And as Domaine Moreux is a member of Vignerons Indépendants, a prestigious group of elite, independent wine growers, all this domaine’s wines are certified for authenticity and exceptional quality, but then one taste of any of this estate’s wines can speak to the quality one can expect from Domaine Roger & Christophe Moreux.
Sancerre is an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for wines produced in fourteen villages near the town of Sancerre. This appellation lies to the southeast of Orléans, along the upper reaches of the Loire Valley. Sancerre is considered by many to be the spiritual home of Sauvignon Blanc, as the appellation’s greatest claim to fame lies in the production of crisp, elegant, eminently drinkable white wine made exclusively from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The chalky, limestone rich soil of Sancerre is ideal for the cultivation of Sauvignon Blanc. Consequently, white Sancerre was one of the first wines to be awarded appellation status by the French government in 1936.
As if the crafting of some of the world’s purest, most enjoyable white wine is not sufficient acclaim, Sancerre also fashions very fine dry rosé from Pinot Noir and light, aromatic red Pinot Noir that rivals the village wines of Burgundy. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are the only legal grape varieties permitted in Sancerre.
Crottin de Chavignol, the Loire Valley’s finest goat cheese, is also made in Sancerre. It was awarded its own appellation status in 1976. It ranks among the finest cheeses of France and it pairs beautifully with Sancerre’s incomparable Sauvignon Blanc.