Terroir: The Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils 1er Cru Vaillon "Cuvee Guy Moreau" is sourced from select vines planted in 1933, from multiple plots within the Moreau holdings.
Vinification: 60% of the overall Guy Moreau blend is aged entirely in stainless steel, with the remaining 40% seeing oak for a total of 6 months. The wine is then blended and aged for additional time in stainless steel prior to bottling.
Seeing more oak aging than the other Vaillon cuvée the Cuvée Guy Moreau is typically ripe on the palate, rich and complex while retaining a finish of mineral and clean acidity.
"The soil is made up of kimmeridgien clay, a soil specific to the Chablis region. It is rich in fossil shells of a small oyster, Exogyra virgula, frequently found in Chablis soil. Density plantation: 6500 vines/ha. Average age of the vines: this cuvée comes from a parcel who was planted by Guy Moreau in 1934, therefore this vines is 77 years old." -Fabien Moreau
"Rich, almost burly, packed with ripe citrus fruit, has some power, spicy, vigorous, mineral and complex, packs a punch. Very good length."
18.83 out of 20 points
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
"Moreaus 2008 Chablis Vaillons Guy Moreau (from the core of Ur-Vaillons vineyard and vines Fabien Moreaus grandfather planted in the 1930s) incorporates a slightly newer average barrel age than their regular Vaillons, but a portion of it still remains exclusively in tank. Ripe peach, honeydew, mint, white currant and iris-like perfume in the nose all persist on a rich, expansive, yet still refreshing palate. A sense of herbal distillate along with persistent bittersweet florality create a lovely synergy with the wines sense of levity, certainly belying its nearly 14% alcohol. Hints of lanolin and spice from the barrel component are satisfyingly integrated. This boasts greater richness but perhaps a bit less refinement and less striking buoyancy than the corresponding regular Vaillons bottling. The two should be fascinating to compare over the next 5-7 years."
Closed nose. Rich, almost burly, packed with ripe citrus fruit. Has some power; spicy, vigorous, mineral and complex. Packs a punch. Very good length.
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
Pale straw-yellow. Deeper on the nose than the regular Vaillon, offering aromas of mirabelle, flowers, nutmeg, ginger and quinine. Creamy, silky and deep, with noteworthy sweetness and breadth. Very rich, layered premier cru nicely framed by firm acidity. This one spent some time in 40% oak and shows a distinct vanillin quality on the back end. But the wine's creamy depth and suavity of texture suggest that it will age gracefully.
Score: 94 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Terrific intensity here, between the concentrated flavors of peach, grapefruit, flowers and mineral, to the vibrant structure and dense texture. Very backward, it builds in the palate to a long, spice and mineral aftertaste. Tastes like old vines here.
Very dry and savoury on the nose. Great tension and precision on the palate but an apparent hint of oak.
Score: 90 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
(From vines planted in 1933 in Vaillons proper). A smoky if slightly reduced nose is hard to evaluate except to say that the fruit seems quite ripe. By contrast, the textured, concentrated and entirely serious medium plus weight flavors also possess plenty of dry extract with a bit more overall power and depth. This is a wine of grace and harmony.
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
(14% potential alcohol, by far the ripest of these 2008s; aging in 50% tank and 50% barrels, mostly one and two years old) Flamboyantly ripe nose shows strong barrel notes of smoke and toast. Then creamy and concentrated if a bit reduced, conveying a larger structure but less finesse today than the regular Vaillons. A distinctly rich and outsized premier cru with a youthfully phenolic finish. Fabien notes that this is less oaky today than it was a month ago.
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