Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2008
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
Vaudesir is an intense and purely flavored Chablis. Mineral notes combine with bright fruit, saline and an ever-so-slight touch of oak.
Wine Spectator - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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Christian Moreau Winery
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. View all Christian Moreau Wines
About ChablisView a map of Chablis wineries
Notable FactsThe northernmost region of Burgundy, Chablis' location is closer to Champagne than its Burgundian neighbor, Cote d'Or. This northern proximity gives Chablis a cool, continental climate. The soil is a limestone base, and in the best vineyard sites that limestone is covered with Kimmeridgian clay, a material that is very high in marine fossils. The climate, paired with these distinctive soils, makes the area particularly suited for Chardonnay - the almost exclusive white grape of the area.
Those who claim not to like Chardonnay will be pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of Chablis. The winemakers of the region almost always stick to stainless steel for fermentation, and many use no oak at all. If oak-aged, the wine will only be in large French oak barrels, which give the wines flavors that are a far cry from your typical California Chardonnay.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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