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 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
(production was 52 hectoliters per hectare): Bright yellow. Deeply pitched ripe yellow fruits on the nose. A step up in intensity and depth from the first Vaillons, conveying excellent concentration and an impression of power to its yellow peach and spice flavors. This will need a bit longer than the classic Vaillons to become a friendly drink. Rich, spicy and fat but with good verve. Incidentally, both cuves of Vaillons are 40% fermented in oak but the barrels for the Guy Moreau are more recent.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
A touch of oak lends roundness to this fleshy white, along with vanilla and pastry accents. Balanced, staying lively as the peach, lanolin and spice notes play out. Drink now through 2024.
This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the 31st of August brought hail but also an incredible 85 mm of rain which according to the weather service is a record for one day! The hail only lasted for 5 minutes but the stones were the size of cherries and thus they did a lot of damage in our vineyards of Les Clos and Blanchot. We also suffered a huge amount of erosion that created a lot of havoc as well. We began picking on the 3rd of September and bought in ripe fruit with potential alcohols of between 12.3 and 13.3% with post-malo pHs of around 3.25. Quantities were of course variable and in the hailed vineyards we lost around 40% relative to a normal crop. As to the wines, 2015 produced notably ripe and rich Chablis and even though the total acidities aren't especially high, the good pHs help maintain good balance."
Here the wood treatment is a bit more evident though it remains sufficiently subtle to easily allow the white peach, pear and quinine scents to shine. Like the regular cuve the medium weight flavors possess a positively lovely texture thanks to the abundant dry extract that imparts a sappy mouth feel to the relatively powerful and more persistent finale. This should also drink well young.
The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Cuvee Guy Moreau has a fresh lime flower and citrus peel bouquet with just a faint hint of tropical fruit emanating from the warmth of the growing season. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, lively and chalky with dried pineapple and a hint of brioche on the poised, spicy finish. This is worth tracking down, because it is simply a lovely Chablis.
Distinctly riper on the nose than the classic Vaillons, offering scents of lemon oil and orange blossom. More tactile in the mouth as well, conveying an impression of dusty extract to the ripe citrus, ginger and quinine flavors. These 83-year-old vines are the estate's oldest. Powerful, penetrating wine with terrific acidity for the year.
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