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.
"The soil is made up of kimmeridgien clay, a soil specific to the Chablis region. It is rich in fossil shells of a small oyster, Exogyra virgula, frequently found in the Chablis soil. Density plantation: 6500 vines/ha. Average age of the vines: 56 years." -Fabien Moreau
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Full and rich, packed with green plum, pear and lime zest flavors, this is a generous wine, its broad fruit offering both freshness and richness. There is a great final balance between toast and fruit."
"Steely, mineral, concentrated. Delicate but has plenty of power. Ripe, slight honey, very long."
16.75 out of 20 points
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
"Scents of peony, iris and ripe peach with pungent hints of nettle and white currant in the nose of Moreaus 2008 Chablis Vaillons are strikingly similar to those of their generic wine of this vintage, as is the harmonious and delightful cohabitation of textural creaminess with juicy refreshment. But here there is greater intensity of flavor yet at the same time a greater sense of lift and refinement. Pungent yet suggestively sweet notes of candied citrus rind and crystallized ginger; a bitter note of huckleberry; and saline, chalky notes all add to the appeal and complexity of a long, luscious, vivacious finish. Thisbeauty should be worth following for at least 5-7 years."
"Quite classic Chablis nose, with pure, fine saltiness on the palate, refined fruit core and balanced finish."
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
Pale yellow. Exotic hints of peach, apricot and orange zest, plus a whiff of powdered stone. Rich, supple and sweet, with strong stone fruit flavors lifted and complicated by eucalyptus, wild herbs and a toasty nuance. Brisk lemony acidity gives this wine very good grip, but there's nothing hard about it. Finishes bright and long.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Rich and creamy, with hints of vanilla and spice augmenting peach, melon and yellow plum. Beautifully integrated now, with a lingering aftertaste of spice and mineral. Should only get better.
Score: 89 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
(40+ year old vines mostly situated in Vaillons proper with additional parcels in Chtains and Epinottes). A lightly spiced and distinctly floral nose that is very fresh and carries plenty of obvious Chablis character merges into textured, precise and chiseled middle weight flavors that possess ample amounts of dry extract that do a fine job of buffering the firm acid spine as well as imparts a chewy and serious texture to the finish. Lovely.
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
(this was blended for the second time a week before my visit) Crystallized orange and lemon peel aromas. Sweet, creamy and tactile, with lovely palate-saturating fruit and gingery spice flavors. Finishes with terrific lift and length.
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