Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2008

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils

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.

Additional Information

"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

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Decanter Author: Unlisted
    Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

    "Rich, almost burly, packed with ripe citrus fruit, has some power, spicy, vigorous, mineral and complex, packs a punch. Very good length."

    Grade:

    18.83 out of 20 points

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
    Date: Sunday, October 31, 2010

    "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."

  • Wine Image Decanter Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010

    Closed nose. Rich, almost burly, packed with ripe citrus fruit. Has some power; spicy, vigorous, mineral and complex. Packs a punch. Very good length.

    Grade: 5 Stars
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
    Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010

    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 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010

    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.

  • Wine Image JancisRobinson.com Author: Jancis Robinson
    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Very dry and savoury on the nose. Great tension and precision on the palate but an apparent hint of oak.

    Grade: 16.5/20 points
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    (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 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    (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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