2014 Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru

Year: 2014
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 91-94
Burghound: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :

"An opulent style for the vintage, with the telltale cut of 2014 corralling the peach, melon, chalk and wild herb flavors. A flinty, chalky note enters as this plays out on the long aftertaste of lemon and mineral. Best from 2018 through 2027. 50 cases imported. –BS " (WS)

"The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir has a clean, fresh, marine-tinged bouquet, hints of shucked oyster shells filtering through the citrus lemon and limestone aromas. The palate builds on that marine influence and there is a very subtle reduction that lends a smokiness and light spiciness. What makes this wine is how nuanced that reduction is. You barely notice it, but it is there and without denuding the finish of wonderful precision. This is a killer Chablis from the domaine, one of the finest that I have tasted." (WA)

"Bright, green-tinged yellow. White stone fruits, white pepper, lichee and smoky oak on the rather exotic nose. Then tightly coiled and serious on the palate, with brisk acidity contributing to an impression of youthful austerity. Really impressive inner-mouth tension and spine here; displays terrific limey lift to the stone fruit and crushed rock flavors. A pungent, palate-saturating wine from grapes that appear to have been picked on the early side." (VM)

"Here too there is enough wood to warrant mentioning its presence though not so much as to suppress the mildly exotic nose of white and yellow orchard fruit, mineral reduction and quinine scents. There is a lovely sense of vibrancy and freshness to the markedly finer flavors that display even more minerality on the refined, delicate and impressively long and balanced finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose reappears. In a word, gorgeous." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils owns a total of 1.25 acres of the Grand Cru Vaudesir. Vaudesir is located northwest of Les Clos and shares the same hillside terroir.

Up to 40% of the final blend sees time in oak barrels. Typically just 10% of that is new oak, with the majority being two and three year old barrels.