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
Score: 92 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Concentrated white fruits, layering melon, pear and red apples with the balancing acidity. For a Chablis, it is ripe and opulent, a delicious already approachable product of the warm year. It does have texture to age well."
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Almost fat, this buttery white has underlying apple and citrus layers, with a touch of green plum. There is also a wisp of vanilla and an underlying mineral element. Riper and more concentrated than the Vaillon bottling"
"The 2009 Chablis Vaillons Cuvee Guy Moreau is once again more inward than the straight Vaillons. It is less exuberant, but shows remarkable energy in a weightless, transparent expression of fruit that is quite beautiful to behold. The Cuvee Guy Moreau turns surprisingly rich, and almost tropical over time though, with hints of super-ripe fruit that mark the stunning, explosive finish. This is a fascinating Chablis from Moreau. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019."
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Bright yellow with gold highlights. Deeply pitched aromas of peach, honey, marzipan, spices and nuts; more influenced by oak than the regular Vaillons bottling. Big, rich and mouthfilling, with the exotic honey character following through on the palate. Then surprisingly gripping on the finish, with a solid structural underpinning to support a graceful evolution in bottle. This firmed up nicely during its final months of elevage."
"Vines planted 1933. Some barrel maturation. Rich and creamy but fresh on the nose. Lovely combination of intensity and freshness. Intense and long and beautifully balanced. So long."
Score: 91 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"Discreet wood influence sets off fresh citrus, floral and spice aromas that lead to rich, powerful and impressively concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess ample amounts of dry extract that confer a textured mouth feel onto the solidly persistent finish."
"Deep aromas of ripe peach, truffle and smoky, spicy, vanillin oak. Fat, lush and sweet; almost too ripe and creamy for Chablis. Not classic but quite plush and satisfying-and long on the aftertaste. Perhaps this will firm up during its last months in tank."
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