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.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
Moreaus 2011 Chablis Vaillons Guy Moreau (from the core or Ur-Vaillons vineyard and vines Fabien Moreaus grandfather planted in the 1930s) is raised initially in second, third and fourth-use barriques. Heliotrope and ginger on the nose segue into notes from barrel, while scents of yellow plum and grapefruit presage a succulently fruity impression on the expansive palate.
Score: 92 PointsVinous Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2011 Chablis Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau is impeccable. Layered, subtle yet wonderfully expressive, the 2011 impresses for its length and textural finesse. The Guy Moreau was aged 60% in stainless steel and 40% in French oak, with a higher percentage of new barrels than the straight Vaillons. Today, the Guy Moreau is very closed within the context of the vintage but that bodes well for the future. Gentle spice notes wrap around the finish. This is a terrific showing.
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
Good pale yellow. White stone fruits, ginger and crushed stone on the nose. Less broad and forthcoming than the regular Vaillons but not austere, offering lovely energy to the flavors of stone fruits and lemon zest. The classically dry finish features sneaky, building lemony persistence.
"Floral, orange blossom, citrus and something just a teensy bit oxidative, I think perhaps just by nature of the sample bottling."
"Here the nose is similar to that of the regular cuve but with two minor differences, which is to say it is a bit riper and there is a discreet touch of wood in evidence. There is old vine intensity and concentration as the extract-rich flavors really coat the palate before culminating in a very dry, crisp, clean and solidly well-balanced finish."
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