2015 1er Cru Vaillons Domaine Moreau-Naudet
As ever this is so expressive already - a deliciously easy style, beautiful white berry fruit and a peppy crunch to it - but no hard edges - serious Chablis - but just so drinkable at this early stage from tank - looking forward to seeing this from bottle in 2-3 years from now - it should be a joy to drink. L&S (Nov 2016)
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(from 10% Séchet and 90% Roncières; the two are vinified separately and then blended). Firm reduction renders the nuances of the nose impossible to read and about all that can be said is the underlying fruit appears to be notably ripe. Otherwise there is excellent volume to the concentrated and stony medium-bodied flavors that also culminate in a gas-filled, clipped and short finish. My range offers the benefit of the doubt that this will clean up because once again there are very few under ripe wines in 2015. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 87-90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)
Rating: 96 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2018)
Lovely saline nose, and loads of green apple fruit concentrate. Tight structure yet broad flavour. An absolute pleasure, with loads of mineral shellfish character. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
The domaine will continue under Stéphane's wife Virginie, but we will miss the bright star that was Stéphane Moreau-Naudet, who died suddenly in September 2016. Stéphane, who was influenced by Vincent Dauvissat, who recommended him to us many years ago, was a consummate vigneron, and craftsman in the cellar, using barrel-élevage, but not in such a way that oakiness can readily be detected in the wines (all the barrels are steamed rather than charred and they use no new oak except for in the straight Chablis, and then only one barrel per 100hl in order to age it prior to using for the Premiers Crus). Wines full of racy character and complexity.
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