Domaine Moreau-naudet Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2018


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On the left bank of Le Serein and on the middle of the slope, Vaillons is a particularly well-positioned site that enjoys an excellent reputation thanks to the work of several key growers. The Moreau-Naudet Domaine works with vines which were planted in 1974 in three sub-climats: Sécher, Les Epinottes (in a cooler part of the vineyard) and Roncières, which provides more opulence. Sécher usually accounts for 30% of the blend and provides intense mineral cut and structure.

Each parcel was vinified separately before being blended. The wine was fermented and aged in both tank and older barrels. This is prettier and more restrained, with white florals, nectarines, lime zest and gentle, kernel-like spice. It has a lovely juicy, mouth-watering close. All class. Again, the tropical reference below seems to have been an ester-related feature of the wines from cask. I get nothing of this now.

"The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru is another wine in this range with quite a bit of promise. Exotic and tropical, with terrific depth, the 2018 has a lot to offer, even if it is clearly an adolescent today." 90-93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous