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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Christian Moreau Chablis 2005
Christian Moreau Chablis 2005
(search item no. 91637)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With fruit in a similar style to 1999 and 2000, the 2005 vintage promises to be stellar, with overall quality on par with these vintages and 1996 and 2002. Growers compare the character of 2005 to 2003, except that the warm temperatures were not as extreme, and as a result, the fruit exhibited superior ripeness, acidity and balance. Simply put, the 2005 Chablis wines show the potential to be as good or better than the finest vintages in recent memory.

Food pairings: Veal, shrimp, shellfish, scallops, salmon, salads, oysters, lobster, fowl, fish, crab, chicken.

My Notes:

About Christian Moreau:

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 Pére et Fils in 2001 and set up their winemaking operation in the very heart of the Chablis country, at the foot of its famous Grands Cru vineyards.

The Domaine holdings are located in the best oriented parcels, and bottlings include Grand Crus Les Clos, Valmur, Vaudésir, Blanchot, and Les Clos des Hospices (a Monopole from the Moreau family), Premier Cru Vaillon, as well as Chablis AC, and some Petit Chablis. Every parcel is harvested by hand to bring out the very best from each vineyard. The Moreau's winemaking philosophy is non-interventionist at its core, entailing biodynamic practices aimed toward creating low-yield, high-quality harvests. Additionally, grapes for every wine from the Chablis AC to the Les Clos Grand Cru are hand-picked.

Fabien Moreau became the winemaker with the 2002 vintage, and is already producing remarkable results. With previous experience in New Zealand, Fabien is a visionary young winemaker who is a sincere adherent to the tenants of terroir. As such, the wines of Christian Moreau Pere et Fils are remarkable for their authenticity, distinctiveness, and exquisite quality.