Terroir: Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils owns a total of 1.25 acres of the Grand Cru Vaudesir. Vaudesir is located northwest of Les Clos and shares the same hillside terroir.
Vinification: Up to 40% of the final blend sees time in oak barrels. Typically just 10% of that is new oak, with the majority being two and three year old barrels.
Score: 93 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Wood and fruit balance in this rich and full wine. The yellow and citrus fruits give a good mix of ripeness and a fresher, more mineral character. The toast, just the right amount, gives the warmth and polish the wine needs. The result is a serious wine, still young, to be drunk from 2018."
"The 2012 Chablis Vaudesir is decidedly, big, rich and powerful. In 2012, the production from Vaudesir was tiny, so the entire cuvee was done in oak, which is felt in the wine's contours and overall volume. Today, the wine is quite raw and unformed, but I am intrigued to see what shapes over the next year."
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Bright lemon-yellow color. Discreet aromas of yellow peach, orange oil, flint, white pepper and oyster shell. Suave and silky in the mouth, showing lovely lift and energy. More obviously oak-spicy than the Vaillons Guy Moreau but has the concentration of material to support the wood element. Spreads out nicely on the gripping, saline finish."
Score: 94 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Round and creamy, boasting honey, lemon cake, melon and stone flavors. This is tangy, fresh and persistent through the long aftertaste. A fine, harmonious expression. Best from 2016 through 2028."
"There is ample wood influence to the ripe green fruit, peach and algae scents. There is impressive density for such young vines with good power, size and weight to the middle weight flavors that exhibit fine length on the dry, clean and moderately austere finish."
"Hints of lanolin and vanilla from barrel on the nose of Moreaus 2012 Chablis Vaudesir representing a mere seven barrels that had been racked to tank a week before I tasted do not obscure a cooling and tartly refreshing amalgam of wintergreen and white currant, nor genre-typical notes of salt and stone. With an admirable combination of subtly creamy textural richness relatively rare for its vintage, with vintage-typical vivacity and sheer refreshment, this long-finishing bottling bids fair to offer an outstanding expression of its cru and admirable versatility at table over the coming decade. Whats more, my sense is that it will probably be more expressive in finish once it has settled down, and ought to drink well through at least 2017."
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