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: 91 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
(from a full crop of 58 hectoliters per hectare; "the grapes doubled in size with the heavy rainfall on the night of August 31", noted Fabien Moreau): Bright yellow. Aromas of lemon, baked bread and truffle. Smooth in texture but conveys a captivating impression of ripe acidity and balance, with the oak element perfectly integrated. There's an almost glyceral quality to the wine's lemon drop flavor but this dense, long wine finishes with a firm edge. Should give pleasure early but last well. (Incidentally, I retasted the 2015 village wine, rated 88 last year and again this time, and found good inner-mouth tension and lemony lift for the vintage, plus an incipient petrolly mineral character that I did not notice last year.)
Score: 91 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
Ripe, full and showing the richness of the vintage, this comes from one of the premier crus vineyards on the south bank of the Serein river. It's crisp with strong minerality, while also having plenty of ripe citrus and apple fruit. Drink from 2019.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
This steely white offers lime, apple and mineral flavors, with touches of white flowers and spice. Ends with a juicy feel. Drink now through 2021.
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."
A discreet application of wood sets off the fresh nose that is comprised by notes of white peach, pear, floral and subtle spice hints. There is a highly seductive texture to the very rich, round and succulent flavors that exhibit an appealing minerality on the balanced and moderately dry finale.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons has a crisp Granny Smith apple and fresh pear scent, very harmonious and with commendable purity. The palate is very cohesive with a slight oyster shell note on the entry. The acidity is well judged with lemon peel and a touch of white peach on the finish. This is a delicious Vaillons that has the edge over the 2014 at the moment.
(tasted from cuve, where it had been blended; the remaining 20% of this wine was aging in barrel): White peach and lemon on the nose. Energetic and taut for the year, showing lovely cut to its citrus, crushed stone and licorice flavors. Finishes tactile and long, with firm acidity providing definition and lift.
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