Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2008
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Vaudesir is an intense and purely flavored Chablis. Mineral notes combine with bright fruit, saline and an ever-so-slight touch of oak.
"Supple and polished, yet there's no shortage of power. Lemon parfait, apple and butterscotch notes are underlined by a persistent mineral element that should emerge over time in the bottle. Terrific length. Almost drinkable now. Best from 2012 through 2030."
"A lovely wine that sings crisp Chardonnay, with the added complexity of a taut mineral character and richness from its ripe pear and melon flavors. It will age, its tight acidity needing 2–3 years to soften out."
"Grapefruit and pineapple supply a luscious fundament to the Moreau 2008 Chablis Vaudesir, but this is also a seductively creamy as well as palpably dense cru, less intricate, refined, or elegant than the corresponding Blanchots, and with a toasty note from barrel running all the way through. Hints of chalk and cherry pit introduce a faint note of austerity to the finish. This wine from relatively young vines may well need more time than most of the wines in its collection to harmonize and find its voice. I’d want to revisit it before speculating about age-worthiness beyond a suggestion that it certainly would merit a half dozen years of attention."
The Wine Advocate
"Pale, bright yellow. Lemon peel, peach, oyster shell and some spicy, toasty oak notes on the nose (this spent seven months in 45% barriques Round, suave and spicy in the mouth; builds slowly and maintains a very light touch, but there's plenty of concentration here in a rather feminine style. Just a touch of nutty oak on the back. Christian Moreau reminded me that acidity levels in the bottled 2008s are in the very healthy 4.8 to 5.1 grams-per-liter range, whereas the 2009s are roughly a gram lower."
International Wine Cellar
- 7/26/2012 (1 item) (viewed 53 times)
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Christian Moreau, one of the leading figures in Chablis, is producing the wines he loves under his own name. Free of any personal involvement with the negociant company that his family founded and sold, with his son Fabien they founded Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils in 2001 and set up their winemaking operation in the very heart of the Chablis country, at the foot of its...
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