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 wine-making and fastidious care in every step of production has resulted in these wines being regarded as amongst the very best produced in Chablis. Now the wines are gaining in even clearer expression with the vineyards having been certified organic since 2013 and together with some new tanks and other investments the results are showing clearly in the wines with each vintage. These are wines of precision, crystal clear typicity, and elegance, that will age classically while enabling tremendous enjoyment throughout their lives.
WINE NOTES AND REVIEWS (CURRENT AND UPCOMING VINTAGES)
2018 Petit Chablis
From vines located at the top of the hill of Grand Crus only metres from the Grand Valmur and also this year this wine includes another 0.4 ha planting also at the crest of the hill of Grand Crus that the Moreau family have planted more recently. 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 as this is their smallest holding (after the tiny 0.41ha of Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos). Sells out very quickly!
‘Aromas of orange rind, ripe green apples, white flowers and wheat toast introduce the 2018 Petit Chablis, a medium-bodied, open-knit palate that's succulent and giving. This derives from two parcels: one of fourth-leaf vines above Vaillon and another from the plateau above Valmur.’ (85-87) points, William Kelly, RobertParker.com, August 2019.
2018 Chablis AC
Aged 100% in stainless steel. 40+ years old vines. Comes mostly from very old vines situated in Les Pargues on the hill located between the Premier Cru sites of Montmains and Vosgros. This terroir has historically always been very highly regarded by locals and produces wines of extra depth and character.
‘Very attractive weight here with a wealth of peaches and mangoes. Lemons chime in on the palate. Rich and well-balanced with good acidity and weight. Drink on release.’ (90-91) points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, August 2019.
2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon
From 30 to 65 y.o. vines aged 2/3rd’s in tank and 1/3rd in barrique.
‘Around one-third in almost exclusively old oak, this has a very strong, fresh chalky edge to the white-peach and lemon aromas. The palate has supple, seamless shape and texture, holding pithy peach at the finish. Drink on release.’ (90-91) points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, August 2019.
The following wines from the 2018 vintage are due in March 2020:
2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon ‘Guy Moreau’
From vines planted in 1933. 70% vinified in tank and 30% in oak, less than 2% new).
‘A plot planted in 1933 by the late Guy Moreau, this has a finer edge and a more chalky, reserved feel than the regular bottling of Vaillons. The palate has a glossy and gently pithy feel and a fuller finish. Drink on release.’ (91-92) points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, August 2019.
2018 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots
From a tiny east facing holding near the top of the hill where the vines were planted in the late 1980’s.'
‘This has very attractive grapefruit and lemons and a rather assertive oak presence from this tiny parcel - just three barrels, even in 2018. Very expressive fruit and flesh with succulent texture. Drink or hold.’ (92-93) points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, August 2019.
2018 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir
From a tiny plot of vines planted in 2002 with a south-east exposure.
‘A very attractive and focused lime nose with chalk, a little praline and a sunny feel. The palate is very supple and succulent with dry, chalky elegance. Lacy and long. Drink on release.’ (91-92) points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, August 2019.
2018 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
From vines average age over 40 years old.
‘A south-east parcel that has such effortless, smooth build and impressive length of peaches and mangoes with apricots and a robust, flowing finish. Drink or hold.’ (92-93) points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, August 2019.
2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
From a single plot of vines that goes from the very bottom of the slope to close to the top of the vineyard. This remarkable holding is arguably the most representative Les Clos from the whole vineyard. Vines here are aged mostly from 45-75 years of age. The wine is aged about 1/3rd in barrel (about 10% new) and 2/3rds in stainless steel tanks.'
‘This is in such good form in 2018 with a very attractive and very rich, layered and complete feel. The flinty nose has intense lemons, grapefruit and white peaches, as well as limes. The palate has very composed, weighty and quite compressed, fleshy power. Try from 2026.’ (93-94) points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, August 2019.
2018 Chablis Grand Cru Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos
A tiny 0.41 ha strip of vines located at the bottom of Grand Cru Les Clos.
‘A monopole bought in 1904 by the Moreau family, this has east-west row orientation at the bottom of the slope. The nose is alive with very rich peaches and lemon brulée, as well as fresh apricots. The palate has a wildly rich and yet very structured feel with terrific length, power and a sizzling mineral wash at the finish. Drink from 2026.’ (95-96) points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, August 2019.
WINE NOTES AND REVIEWS (PRIOR VINTAGES)
2017 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
‘The 2017 Chablis Valmur Grand Cru offers one of the most complex bouquets from Moreau this year: oyster shell, flint, hints of pressed yellow flower and nettle all beautifully defined. The palate is very well delineated with a slight reduction but that will disappear by the time of bottling. There is great tension here, impressive depth with an effervescent finish that leaves the mouth tingling with the energy contained in this Valmur. Superb.‘ (93-95 points) Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018.
2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
’The 2017 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru, which is 50% in barrel and 50% in tank when I visited, has a very composed bouquet with scents of white flower, chalk, a slight fish oil aroma that lends it an Asian influence. I love the definition here. The palate is very well balanced with a taut line of acidity, fresh and full of tension with a vivid, beautifully poised finish that lingers in the mouth. Excellent.’ (92-94 points) Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018.
2017 Chablis Grand Cru Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos
‘The 2017 Chablis Les Clos Clos des Hospices Grand Cru has a very well defined bouquet, but a little tight and backward at the moment, gradually unfurling to reveal blood orange, honeysuckle and a slightly resinous tincture. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, and cohesive with a finish that surfeits with tension and sense of energy. This is a complex, quite cerebral but delicious Les Clos.‘ (93-95 points) Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018.