2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1077314 92 points 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.  (2/ 2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/ 2012)

88-91 points 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.  (10/ 2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (12/ 2011)

89 points 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.  (8/ 2011)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.