Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2007

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils

Terroir: Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils owns a total of just under 10 acres of the famous Vaillon vineyard. With a relatively steep grade the plot has terrific drainage of it's Kimmeridgien clay soil and a south/southeast exposure that provides optimum sunlight throughout the growing season.

Vinification: The winemaking techniques strive to honor the high quality of the terroir, vines and grapes, bringing out the very best in every harvest. A small percentage of the final blend does see a short time in oak barrels.

Additional Information

"(40+ year old vines mostly situated in Vaillons proper with additional parcels in Châtains and Epinottes). Here the nose is much more reticent with discreet aromas of dried flower, tidal pool and very subtle spice notes that merge into rich, full, direct and frank medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent intensity on the mildly salty, chewy and explosive finish. Unlike the two preceding wines, this is much more primary and backward and will need time to really arrive at its optimal bottling stage. Excellent quality.." 89-92 points -Allen Meadows, Burghound, Oct. 2008

Recent Press

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
    Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    Vinified 30% in barrel, the Moreau 2007 Chablis Vaillons smells pungently of green herbs, citrus zest, and apricot; displays overt density, compactness, and bright acidity; and finishes with an impressively salty, sappy, zest, peppery and invigorating cling. With its impressive cut and concentration, this should be worth following for 5-6 years at least.

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    You might catch a passing glimpse of this wine in the middle. For now its tight in the aroma, opening on the palate only to close again in the finish. The impression is creamy, with the jasmine florals of a young Chablis. Cellar it for five to six years, then open a bottle for a clambake.

  • Wine Image Decanter Author: Other
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Elegant and harmonious, great energy. Green apple and citrus fruit on palate, good minerality and long length.

    Grade: Silver Medal
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadows'
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    (40+ year old vines mostly situated in Vaillons proper with additional parcels in Chtains and Epinottes). A background note of integrated S02 does not really interfere with discreet aromas of dried flower, tidal pool and very subtle spice notes that merge into rich, full, direct and frank medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent intensity on the mildly salty, chewy and very dry and explosive finish. Excellent quality.

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Clean and bone-dry, with green apple, melon, lemon and stone aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, with precise definition and a long, lemony aftertaste.

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, July 31, 2009

    Delicate aromas of violet, lavender, white pepper and spice. Then quite taut and vibrant in the mouth, with lovely precision and lemony cut to the mid-palate. The tactile finish offers lovely lift and a ripe suggestion of orange oil. A very focused version of Vaillons.

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Image Wine Review Online Author: Michael Apstein
    Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    As expected for a premier cru, this Vaillon is a step up from Moreau's excellent straight village Chablis (also reviewed this week). The nose alone predicts good things and the palate is not disappointed. Fifty year-old Chardonnay vines undoubtedly contribute to this wine's extraordinary minerality that is not masked--but enhanced--by Moreau's judicious use of oak (only one third of the wine is fermented and aged in oak barrels, only 10% of which are new). Its wonderful complexity is amplified by lime-like essence in the finish.

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
    Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    You might catch a passing glimpse of this wine in the middle. For now its tight in the aroma, opening on the palate only to close again in the finish. The impression is creamy, with the jasmine florals of a young Chablis. Cellar it for five to six years, then open a bottle for a clambake.

  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Image The Wine News Author: Other
    Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009

    Piercingly fresh scents of lime, chopped asparagus and wet slate are the very epitome of Chablis coiled verve. Thirst-quenching flavors of lemon and chalk ripen somewhat in the tangy close.

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadow's
    Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    (40+ year old vines mostly situated in Vaillons proper with additional parcels in Chtains and Epinottes). Here the nose is much more reticent with discreet aromas of dried flower, tidal pool and very subtle spice notes that merge into rich, full, direct and frank medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent intensity on the mildly salty, chewy and explosive finish. Unlike the two preceding wines, this is much more primary and backward and will need time to really arrive at its optimal bottling stage. Excellent quality.

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    Bright yellow. Very primary aromas of citrus peel and white pepper; still a hint of fermentation aromas. Then richer and riper in the mouth than the village wine, combining a faint exotic note of green tropical fruits with an edge of lemony acidity. Quite firmly structured but with good buffering material for its 4.7 grams per liter of acidity.

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