2014 Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulignot"

SKU #1269828 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Situated in a side valley away from the main Serein river, this cool vineyard produces crisp, cool, stylish wines. This one is fresh and bright, all fruit without wood aging. Touches of melon back up the red-apple flavors. The aftertaste is still young, so this wine will be best from 2017. *Editors' Choice* (RV)  (5/2016)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is reasonably good Chablis character to the fresh aromas of iodine, oyster shell and green apple. The nicely vibrant middle weight flavors possess solid cut and ample minerality on the delicious, intense and lingering finish that is well-balanced if perhaps not quite as complex as it might be. Still I suspect that more depth will develop with a few years of bottle age though I underscore that this should be approachable young too if desired. Drink: 2018+  (1/2017)

K&L Notes

Husband-and-wife team Louis and Anne Moreau pretty much do it all here, from the moment the grapes hit the door of their winemaking facility. Louis got his degree in enology from Fresno State and worked for several California wineries before coming home to take over the winery from his father. We have a strong trio of wines from Louis Moreau.

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
A classically styled Chablis with oodles of melon and citrus fruit as well as iodine and wet stone notes. This structured white is a great example of the heights the 2014 vintage in Chablis reached.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2017 | Send Email
This is at the top of my list of current white Burgundy values. Sourced entirely from a cool, single vineyard located in a valley off of the main Serein River, the 2014 vintage is on beautiful display here. Notable kimmeridgian minerality pairs seamlessly with vibrant tropical notes, banana, apple, citrus and flowers, with a touch of smoke. Vibrant acidity reigns in the rich fruit and really keeps the wine elegant and precise. An overall fantastic find, priced well below its market value thanks to our direct import program.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2017 | Send Email
2014 is a fantastic vintage for classic Chablis, and Lous Moreau's "Vaulignot" is no exception. Driven and focused, with plenty of chalky, mineral influence, and yet soft and floral in aromas, this is quintessential Chablis. One of the better values you will find in white Burgundy, this little Premier Cru from Chablis far outstrips many a wine of the same price from the Cote d'Or.

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- 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, M√Ęcon, 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.


- 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.


- 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.