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: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
A hint of vanilla shades the peach, apple, lemon and bitter grapefruit flavors in this rich, ripe white. Refined, with searing acidity and a mouthwatering finish. Needs time to integrate fully. Best from 2018 through 2026
Score: 92 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Deeper and richer on the nose than the classic Vaillons, offering scents of citrus zest, menthol, spices and minerals. Larger in structure and more important than the basic Vaillons, but with its density nicely leavened by lovely vinosity. With its greater size and more obvious oak component (15% aged in oak), this is a Chablis for the table. Finishes with lovely breadth and length. Made from very ripe fruit, this is the lowest in acidity among the estate's 2014 along with the Clos des Hospices.
"Bright yellow-green. Aromas of mirabelle, spiced meat and sexy oak, lifted by spices, mint and lavender. Rich and creamy on the palate but quite dry and penetrating too, with a spicy character carrying through on the long finish. This is much less harmonious today than the regular Vaillons as the malolactic fermentation only finished in early May, vs. January for the other wine. Fabien Moreau planned to take it out of oak soon after my visit."
"Here the nose is quite similar to the regular cuve but with slightly better ripeness and fruit density. As is usually the case there is better mid-palate density thanks to the abundance of dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm, saline and lingering finale. This is quite promising and should develop well over the medium-term."
"The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Cuve Guy Moreau has a precise, oyster-shell tinged bouquet that is beautifully focused and cohesive. The palate is very harmonious on the entry with hints of lemon curd and orange zest, the acidity supremely well judged, easing down toward a graceful and poised lime and nutmeg infused finish. What a lovely Vaillons in the making. "
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