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.
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"This is a steely wine, crisp and very textured. Lemon zest and acidity are given structure by the mineral character and by the touches of wood. Its a wine with a future, so drink from 2016."
"A bit reduced today in its bouquet, the 2012 Chablis Vaillon is much more expressive on the palate. The wine's persistence, length and gorgeous textural depth all bode well for the future."
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Matchstick, flint, lemon and apple aromas and flavors highlight this dry, chalky Chablis. Shows character, with a racy profile, staying focused and long on the finish. Drink now through 2018."
"Bright yellow. Rather reticent aromas of quinine, mint, licorice and caraway seed. Fairly rich on the palate but tight and serious today, with juicy yellow peach and spice flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Saturates the palate on the aftertaste, but I'd give this at least two or three years in the cellar before pulling the cork."
"A spicy array of white flowers, pear and tidal pool is trimmed in discreet but not invisible wood. The delicious, round and notably generous flavors possess a fleshy mouth feel before terminating in a clean, detailed and agreeably dry finish that displays a bit of youthful austerity."
"Lime, narcissus and green tea pungently and intriguingly scent Moreaus 2012 Chablis Vaillons tasted from tank (to which it had only just been racked) whose silken, buoyant palate suggests a similar suffusion of green tea and musky pollen in a juicy matrix of apple, white currant, and fresh lime. Predictable salt and chalk accent a tartly and invigoratingly juicy finish. This may never achieve quite the clarity and complexity of the corresponding 2011, but will certainly prove versatile not to mention viable through at least 2017. "
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