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: 92 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Made in honor of Christian Moreaus father, Guy, this is produced from 70-year-old vines that bestow serious concentration and density. It has as much yellow fruit ripeness as citrus and minerality. Put together, these elements give an ageworthy wine. Drink from 2018."
"The 2012 Chablis Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau is shaping up to be a beauty. The essence of yellow stone fruits flesh out in a layered, voluptuous wine that is nicely shaped by vinification and aging in oak. At the same time, there is plenty of energy, focus and delineation in the glass. The style is on the powerful side of things for Chablis. It will be interesting to see how the oak integrates over the following year, but the Guy Moreau holds plenty of promise."
"Pale, bright yellow. More exotic on the nose than the regular Vaillons, offering scents and flavors of peach, apricot, pineapple and lavender. Ripe, creamy-rich and powerful, with more than enough fruit intensity (the crop level here was less than 35 hectoliters per hectare, according to Christian Moreau) to support its oak element. The backward finish is stony and palate-saturating."
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"A polished version, with lemon-lime, peach, apple and light stony notes set in a rich texture. This is balanced and expressive, revealing just a hint of spice on the long finish. Should develop well. Best from 2016 through 2027."
"Here the nose is quite similar to that of the regular Vaillons save for it being ever-so-slightly riper with wood and vanilla hints. There is better volume and excellent concentration to the delicious and intense flavors that are quite dry with a firm acid spine on the quinine-infused finish."
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