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 2014 Chablis is a ripe, yet bone dry Chardonnay with crisp green apple, mineral and a touch of saline.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Classic Chablis aromas of lemon, ginger and yeasty chicken broth. Sappy, concentrated village wine with lovely lemony acidity giving it a distinctly penetrating quality. An excellent village wine with excellent inner-mouth tension and complicating salinity.
"(done in 100% stainless steel; this was scheduled to be bottled the day after my visit): Pale, bright yellow. Mineral-driven aromas of ginger, white pepper, menthol and crushed stone. Brisk acidity (4.5 g/l) and a saline element give this densely packed village wine excellent inner-mouth tension. Finishes bright and gripping: this would make a great oyster wine."
"There is enough reduction to suppress the underlying fruit though there is good vibrancy and freshness to the saline and mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that terminate in a clean and dry but not really austere finish. This should be a lovely and altogether classic villages."
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Precision and harmony define this white, with apple, lemon and mineral flavors, defined by the vibrant acidity. Just a hint of green plum shows on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2020."
"This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 20014 vintage as "one that presented some difficulties but at different points in the cycle. The early spring was quite clement and there was an early bud break though June was very hot, indeed too hot as it seriously disrupted the flowering by causing a lot of shatter. The weather in July then deteriorated into rain and cool temperatures that slowed the vegetation growth down and it lasted until the middle of August. At that point the dry and warm weather returned and all the rain allowed maturities to climb rapidly such that we elected to begin picking on the 15th of September. We harvested for two and a half days but some of our less precocious parcels weren't as ripe as we wanted so we stopped for two days and then recommenced. The fruit was super clean and because the skins were thick there wasn't a lot of juice in the berries. Our net yields were in the 40 to 45 hl/ha range with good sugars and acidities. The primary fermentations were quick and easy though the malos were quite slow and the post-malo pHs averaged right around 3.2, which is just about ideal. Overall we believe that 2014 is an excellent vintage that should age well yet be approachable young thanks to the solid mid-palate densities."
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