2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillon"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Chablis Vaillons is a round, textured wine that impresses for its harmony and sense of proportion. Sweet, open aromatics meld into a generous core of yellow stone fruits. Hints of smoke and crushed rocks add further nuance on the pliant mid-palate and finish. This is quite suave and elegant throughout. It should drink well right out of the gate. Approximately 35% of the wine was aged in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. Fabien Moreau, Christian Moreau’s son, is a sixth-generation winemaker. Despite a rich family lineage, Domaine Christian Moreau is a relatively new estate. The winery was founded in 2002 upon Christian Moreau’s exit from the family’s negociant business following its sale to Boisset. Domaine Christian Moreau farms 12 hectares of vineyards, of which 5.5 are grand cru and 4.5 premier cru.
Concentrated white fruits, layering melon, pear and red apples with the balancing acidity. For a Chablis, it is ripe and opulent, a delicious already approachable product of the warm year. It does have texture to age well.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A typical Vaillons nose of spice, floral and citrus aromas leads to powerful and solidly well concentrated flavors that are notably ripe but avoid any sense of heaviness on the delicious and sappy finish.
This shows concentration of peach and melon flavors and a creamy, almost viscous texture. The acidity and stony undercurrent keep this fresh and balanced. Lingers with mineral and anise accents. Drink now through 2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale, bright yellow. Ripe apple and a hint of marzipan on the nose. Sweet, sexy and supple; seamless and broad. More complex and fine-grained than the village wine. Best today on the lingering back end, which features an enticing fresh peach flavor and good mineral lift.