The versatile, affordable, village Chablis from Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils is bright and crisp, with the classic, taut structure and refreshing minerality that define traditional Chablis. This is a Moreau classic!
Vinification: The winemaking techniques strive to honor the high quality of the terroir, vines and grapes, bringing out the very best in every harvest.
All equipment, from the trailers used to transport the grape harvest to the vats themselves, has been carefully selected so that each parcel of land can be worked separately. All harvesting is done exclusively by hand from the Petit Chablis up to the Grands Crus.
The 2010 Chablis is a ripe, yet bone dry Chardonnay with crisp green apple, mineral and a touch of saline.
Score: 89 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"An ever-so-mildly exotic nose also proffers notes of green fruit, spice and tidal pool nuances that add breadth to the aromatic profile. The rich and relatively full-bodied flavors possess good mid-palate fat and vibrancy on the clean, crisp and nicely delineated finish that delivers excellent persistence for its level. Worth a look."
"The village Chablis from Domaine Christian Moreau Pre et Fils, done entirely in stainless steel, is a perennial winner. The 2010 release displays cool yet sweet aromas of peach, orange and minerals. Its in a rather gentle, round style, showing a slightly exotic character but very good lift from its orange blossom and mineral flavors. The persistent finish offers surprising grip."
"Traditionally styled, with fresh aromas of green apple, citrus, white peach, and minerals. Crisp on the palate featuring Macintosh apple, Anjou pear, and lemon grass, with balanced acidity and a note of brine on the finish. Lemon sole. Great addition to any wine list."
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Shows equilibrium between the rich texture and vibrant structure. Green plum, apple and chalk flavors hold the center ground, with a fine, resonant finish."
"The Moreau wines have become wonderfully pure since the family regained their domaine in 2002, and it's now fair to include Fabien Moreau in Chablis' top tier of talent. This actually hails from a single parcel, Les Pargues, more often labeled on its own. It's hiding under a simple Chablis AC label, but it's lithe and flinty, full of lemon rind and chervil accents, marked by an intensity and a distinct fruitiness."
"Pinpoint Chablis, that electric combination of zingy acidity, tightly tethered structure and come-hither whisper of minerals."
Score: 88 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
"Youthfully green, this has a pale wheat sheaf flavor and lasting minerality. It's a simple Chablis for fat oysters or Nantucket Bay scallops."
Score: 90 PointsWine Review Online Author: Michael Apstein
"The 2010 vintage was great for white Burgundies in general and for Chablis in particular. And theres no question that Domaine Christian Moreau Pre et Fils is one of the leading producers in Chablis. Year after year, this domaine produces classically structured, distinctive wines that reflect their origins beautifully. Moreau captures the uniqueness of the appellation with this simple village wine. Unencumbered by oak, its stony and vibrant character reflects the uniqueness of Chardonnay grown in this appellation. Its great for simple seafood or shellfish."
Score: 90 PointsSnooth Editorials Author: Gregory Dal Piaz
"This offers up rather intense aromas of golden raspberry, chalk, steel, lemon zest and hints of peach and green tea. A bit firm yet finely balanced on entry, this shows great cut with wonderfully balanced mineral, yellow fruit and faint herb totes. Theres a walk in the forest quality to the inner mouth perfumes that is wonderfully refreshing. Fine fruit arrives a bit late on the palate but shows a fine balance of ripeness and freshness. The finish is more of the same, mineral and vibrant acids with growing perfumes of apple skins and pretty floral notes. Racy."
"From a single parcel on the left bank and unusual in having a south-eastern exposition. Very little lees contact in this vintage as the lees were quite strong and would have had too great an influence... Dusty. Searing acidity then a hint of woodiness and that creamy texture again."
"Why should you care? Its hard to find a better warm-weather thirst-quencher than crisp, minerally Chablis. But its in the cooler R months (September through April), after the summer spawning season has ended, that oysters, clams and other shellfish are generally at their best in North America. That calls for Chablis, the classic examples of which come from soil rich in fossilized oyster shells. Village Chablis is my choice, as premier and especially grand cru bottlings can be too intense for delicate sea creatures. And village-level wines are cheap enough to enjoy on a regular basis.
What does it taste like? The village Chablis from father-and-son team Christian and Fabien Moreau is one of my perennial favorites in this category. Their bottling from the cooler 2010 growing season offers scents of lemon drop, grapefruit and mint. Its high-pitched and vibrant on the palate, with a captivating ripeness leavened by firm acidity and soil-driven saline and crushed stone character."
"Here too the nose is ever-so-mildly exotic with notes of green fruit and tidal pool nuances adding breadth. The rich and relatively full-bodied flavors possess good mid-palate fat and vibrancy on the clean, crisp and nicely delineated finish."
"The 2010 Chablis is a beautiful, pure wine graced with considerable energy and verve in its bright fruit and long, wiry finish. With time in the glass, the wines pedigree and class begin to emerge. The Chablis is a highly promising wine at this level. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018."
"Good bright lemon-yellow. Pure aromas of lemon drop, tangerine, grapefruit and mint. High-pitched and intense in the mouth, with a captivating sweetness nicely buffered by firm acidity and a crushed stone quality. Finishes with excellent energy and length. This should make an excellent village wine."
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