Domaine Christian Moreau (Père et Fils): Chablis *click here for video*
One of the oldest and most respected names in Chablis, this branch of the Moreau family is headed by Christian and now his son Fabien who is the winemaker and manager.
Possessing magnificent vineyard holdings built up in some of the very best vineyard areas of Chablis by the family over generations (including nearly 8 hectares out of Chablis’ total 92 hectares of Grand cru), this small but remarkable estate has in just a few years established itself as one of the leading producers of Chablis producing consistently outstanding wines.
With relatively small (but very well sited) holdings in Petit, village and 1er cru Chablis, the highlights here are undoubtedly the amazing range of Grand cru vineyards including one single holding of approximately 3 hectares in Les Clos as well as .41 hectares of Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos plus slightly smaller holdings in Valmur, Blanchots and Vaudesir.
A combination of exceptional vineyard sites, old vines, brilliant winemaking and fastidious care in every step of production has resulted in these wines being regarded as amongst the very best produced in Chablis. These are wines of precision, crystal clear typicity, and elegance, that will age classically while enabling tremendous enjoyment throughout their lives.
“The quality here is again so good that I’m tempted to say that Chablis has yet another leading light to add to the usual stars of Raveneau and Dauvissat”. Burghound.com
2015 Petit Chablis
From young vines located at the top of the hill of Grand cru’s only a few metres of Grand cru Valmur. This wine shows amazing depth and detail and provides remarkable value. An absolute bargain but unfortunately a very small vineyard and very limited quantities available. This wine sells out very quickly to those who know !!
2015 Chablis AC
From vines averaging 40 years old. Aged 100% in stainless steel tanks. Comes mostly from very old vines situated in Les Pargues on the hill located between the premier cru sites of Montee de Tonnerre and Vaillons. This terroir has historically always been very highly regarded by locals and produces wines of extra depth and character.
2015 Chablis 1er cru ‘Vaillons’
From vines aged from 30 to 65 years old aged 2/3rd’s in tank and 1/3rd in barrique. “(tasted from cuve, where it had been blended; the remaining 20% of this wine was aging in barrel): White peach and lemon on the nose. Energetic and taut for the year, showing lovely cut to its citrus, crushed stone and licorice flavors. Finishes tactile and long, with firm acidity providing definition and lift. (89-91)” Vinous Media July 2016
2015 Chablis 1er cru ‘Vaillons’ GUY MOREAU
From vines planted in 1933. 70% vinified in tank and 30% in oak, less than 2% new) “(12.8% alcohol natural; Distinctly riper on the nose than the classic Vaillons, offering scents of lemon oil and orange blossom. More tactile in the mouth as well, conveying an impression of dusty extract to the ripe citrus, ginger and quinine flavors. These 83-year-old vines are the estate’s oldest. Powerful, penetrating wine with terrific acidity for the year. (90-92)” Vinous Media July 2016
2014 Chablis Grand cru ‘Valmur’
From vines average age over 40 years old. “Once again there is enough oak present to remark on though not so much to mask the green fruit, pear and abundant Chablis character that includes oyster shell and tidal pool nuances. The big, indeed even burly flavors exhibit excellent richness and mid -palate concentration as well as seriously impressive power and persistence on the slightly rustic finale. This will require patience. (91-94)/2022+” Burghound.com Oct. 2015
2014 Chablis Grand cru ‘Les Clos’
“Bright yellow. Compelling perfume of lime zest, mirabelle, salty sea breeze, spices and smoky silex. Juicy, spicy and intense, conveying an impression of density without weight, with an element of minty cut contributing energy. The rising, palate-staining finish saturates the mouth with saline minerality. (92-95)/2023+” Steve Tanzer Vinous Media August 2015
2014 Chablis Grand cru ‘Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos’
A tiny .41ha strip of vines located at the bottom of Grand cru Les Clos. “A subtle application of wood serves as a backdrop to the riper white orchard fruit aromas that also display plenty of classic Chablis elements. As is almost always the case there is more size, weight and mid-palate concentration thanks to the copious amount of dry extract that add a sappy texture to the intensely saline and mineral-driven finale. This possesses better depth than the regular cuvée and should amply reward up to a decade of cellaring. (92-94)/2023+” Burghound.com Oct. 2015
2013 Chablis 1er cru ‘Vaillons’ GUY MOREAU
From vines planted in 1933. 70% vinified in tank and 30% in oak, less than 2% new)
“This is compositionally similar to the straight Vaillons save that here the nose is slightly riper and the wood treatment is a bit more evident where it continues onto the palate as well. The rich, full-bodied and seductively textured middle weight flavors coat the mouth with dry extract before terminating in a lingering and well-balanced finish. This should be lovely in time. (89-92)/2020+” Burghound.com Oct. 2014
2013 Chablis Grand cru ‘Valmur’
From vines average age over 40 years old. “This possesses perhaps the most prominent Chablis character with its notes of mineral reduction, algae, tidal pool and oyster shell scents. There is fine intensity and first-rate detail to the medium weight flavors that evidence a sleek muscularity and plenty of power on the driving and impressively lingering finish. This is an old school Valmur that is robust and masculine in disposition. (91-93)/2021+” Burghound.com Oct. 2014
2013 Chablis Grand cru ‘Les Clos’
“The wood treatment is similar to that of the Blanchots as it does not dominate the pear, apple and mineral reduction aromas but it’s not subtle either. There is impressive concentration and power to the broad-shouldered medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the intensely saline, balanced and solidly persistent finish. This shouldn’t have any difficulty integrating its wood with a few years of bottle age. (91-93)/2023+” Burghound.com Oct. 2014
2013 Chablis Grand cru ‘Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos’
A tiny .41ha strip of vines located at the bottom of Grand cru Les Clos. “Interestingly the wood treatment is more completely integrated though not invisible on the moderately expressive nose that offers up notes of smoky mineral reduction along with the same nuances displayed by the regular cuvée. There is fine concentration to the powerful and punchy big-bodied flavors that possess a lovely minerality on the focused, intense and beautifully long finish. While this may change, this is presently drier than the regular cuvee and that’s not usually the case. (91-94)/2023+” Burghound.com Oct. 2014
2011 Chablis Grand cru ‘Valmur’
From vines average age over 40 years old.
“This is ripe but completely classic with admirably pure and cool aromas of green fruit, oyster shell and iodine that are trimmed in more understated wood notes. There is lovely intensity and detail to the equally pure and energetic flavors that possess cuts-like-a-knife delineation on the citrusy, bone dry and powerful finish. This extract-rich effort should amply reward mid-term cellaring. 92/2019+” Burghound.com Oct. 2013
2011 Chablis Grand cru ‘Les Clos’
“The wood treatment here is subtle though not invisible, which permits the airy, cool and beautifully layered aromas of white fruit, floral, wet stone and sea shore nuances to really shine. The opulent and very rich medium weight plus flavors possess plenty of mouth coating extract that impart a seductive texture to the mineral-driven, complex and explosively long finish. This bone dry effort will require up to a decade to arrive at its peak drinkability. 93/2019+” Burghound.com Oct. 2013
2011 Chablis Grand cru ‘Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos’
A tiny .41ha strip of vines located at the bottom of Grand cru Les Clos.
“There is a bit more wood in evidence compared to the “regular” Les Clos cuvée though not so much that it restrains one’s ability to appreciate the otherwise fresh, cool and classic Chablis-suffused nose. There is excellent concentration to the powerful and extract-rich big bodied flavors that possess an almost chewy texture before terminating in a gorgeously long, dry and well-balanced finish. In much the same fashion as 2012, this is bigger and more robust than the regular Les Clos though it will also require up to a decade to be at its best. 93/2017+” Burghound.com Oct. 13
2010 Chablis 1er cru ‘Vaillons’ GUY MOREAU
(from vines planted in 1933 in Vaillons proper). 70% vinified in tank and 30% in oak, less than 2% new
“This is also quite strongly reduced though here there is a touch of wood in evidence. Otherwise, the additional concentration from the old vines is immediately evident as this robust effort is overtly muscular and notably more powerful, all wrapped in a borderline painfully intense, balanced and persistent finish. This should be excellent.” Burghound, October 2011
2009 Chablis Grand cru ‘Valmur’
From vines average age over 40 years old. “A less forthcoming but similar nose that is trimmed in discreet oak treatment marries into richer yet more detailed middle weight flavors that are admirably fresh and pure before culminating in a palate staining, balanced and driving finish of striking length, excellent purity and moderate austerity. This is a big and robust Valmur that should make for a really lovely wine in a few years. 93/2016+” Burghound.com Oct. 2011
2009 Chablis Grand cru ‘Les Clos’
From vines aged 40 to 65 years old. “Almost invisible wood influence allows the white flower, spiced pear, sea breeze and citrus-infused aromas to shine. The rich, full and serious flavors possess excellent concentration as well as ample amounts of Les Clos’ hallmark minerality on the detailed, energetic and explosive finish. This harmonious beauty remains relatively understated in the context of the most powerful appellation in Chablis. 93/2016+” Burghound.com Oct. 2011
2009 Chablis Grand cru ‘Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos’
A Moreau family exclusivity located at the bottom of Grand cru Les Clos. From vines aged 26 years old. “This is quite similar to the regular cuvée save for the fact that the fruit component is slightly riper. Otherwise, there are the same rich, full-bodied and serious flavors that possess excellent mid-palate density and the same powerful, driving and persistent finish. This is notably bigger than the regular cuvée yet not inelegant and one that should age well in the context of the vintage. 93/2016+” Burghound.com Oct. 2011
2008 Chablis Grand cru ‘Valmur’
From vines average age over 40 years old. “A discreet touch of wood sets off pure and quite cool green fruit laced with abundant notes of wet stone and tidal pool hints that are also picked up by the textured, intense and precise flavors brimming with extract on the precise and energetic finish that is at once elegant yet displays the hallmark Valmur austerity. This is impressive. (92-94)/2014+” Burghound.com Oct. 2009
2008 Chablis Grand cru ‘Les Clos’
From vines aged 40 to 65 years old. “Here the nose is also distinctly cool and admirably pure with notes of fresh acacia blossom and crushed stone notes that complement the equally mineral-suffused middle weight flavors that possess superb intensity and stunning length where the finish really coats the palate with dry extract. Terrific. (92-94)/2014+” Burghound.com Oct. 2009
2008 Chablis Grand cru ‘Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos’
A Moreau family exclusivity located at the bottom of Grand cru Les Clos. From vines aged 26 years old. “An almost identical nose introduces bigger, richer and more powerful flavors that also display buckets of extract and perhaps even more power if not more length or depth. This too should be spectacular in time as the balance is impeccable. (92-94)/2014+” Burghound.com Oct. 2009
2007 Chablis Grand cru ‘Valmur’
From vines average age over 40 years old. “The expressive nose screams Chablis and blind it would be virtually impossible to mistake this for anything else as the aromas are spot-on classic with green fruit, tidal pool, iodine and salty character, all of which are also reflected by the extremely fresh and at this point, still completely primary flavours that are nicely rich and full yet retain a nice sense of underlying detail that is supported by a firm acid spine on the understated, driving and impeccably balanced finish. 91-94 points” Burghound.com Oct. 2008
2006 Chablis Grand cru ‘Valmur’
From vines average age over 40 years old. “A discreet touch of wood highlights a relatively classic, layered and high-toned white flower, green fruit, oyster shell and mineral suffused nose that complements perfectly the rich, full, dense and penetrating medium full flavors that ooze dry extract, which gives a sappy and textured quality to the vibrant and impressively long finish. A lovely and admirably well balanced effort that has some muscle but is essentially a wine of finesse. 92/2011+” Burghound.com Oct. 2008