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.
Cuvée Guy Moreau issued from a parcel of 1 ha where the vines were planted in 1933 by Guy Moreau, Christian’s father. This is the oldest vine of the Domaine. 70% vinified in tank and 30% in oak, less than 2% new.
Subtle but not imperceptible wood surrounds the ripe and fresh white and yellow orchard fruit scents that are nuanced by hints of tidal pool and iodine. There is again excellent intensity and delineation to the dense and rather serious medium weight flavors that also exude a bracing salinity on the impressively long and more complex finale. The Guy Moreau is usually a bit better than the regular cuvée but in 2019 this appears to offer a substantial step up in quality. Tasted: Nov 2020; Drink: 2026+; Issue: 80; Comments: Outstanding; Rating 90-93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2019 Chablis Vaillon 1er Cru Cuvée Guy Moreau is matured in 1- to 4-year-old barrels for 12–14 months. It has a lovely bouquet, quite complex, the orange pith and lemon verbena combining nicely with flinty scents. The palate is well balanced with an energetic opening, a slightly honeyed texture and a judicious dab of spice. Very harmonious all the way through to the finish. There is a sense of panache about this Vaillon that is very compelling. Date Tasted: Sept 2020; Rating: 93-95 Points; Neal Martin; Vinous Media
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