2017 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis

SKU #1423723 91 points James Suckling

 There’s a beautiful array of spice and flint here with lemons and limes. The palate has a sleek, fine and assertively structured feel. Lemon drive. Taut. Drink or hold.  (8/2019)

88-90 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis has a fresh, rather austere and malic bouquet with Granny Smith apple and light nettle aromas. The palate is fresh on the entry with a fine bead of acidity, nicely balanced with a poised and quite saline finish.(NM)  (8/2018)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An airy and agreeably pure nose combines notes of petrol, iodine and white and yellow-fleshed fruit compote. The succulent but punchy middle weight flavors exhibit both good intensity and reasonably good detail on the overtly saline, clean, linear and appealingly dry finish. Lovely stuff that is worth your attention. *Outstanding* Drink 2022+  (10/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chablis Villages offers up classic aromas of green apples, spring flowers and citrus zest. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, tangy and open-knit, without immense depth or concentration, with a charming, accessible profile. Fabien Moreau presides over this 11.5-hectare domaine--including fully six hectares of grand cru--that has been certified organic since 2010. The Chablis AOC is the only cuvée where the domaine's holdings are supplemented by some purchased grapes. Hand harvesting followed by fermentation and élevage on the lees in a mixture of stainless steel, used barrels and new barrels is the order of the day here, with some of the higher appellations seeing up to 10% new oak. Concentrated and keenly balanced, it's an impressive range; but for those that are averse to the flavors and aromas of new oak in Chablis--the present writer included--a few years' bottle age is essential to allow the wines to digest their wood component. (WK)  (8/2018)

Wine Spectator

 An opulent style of Chablis, revealing peach, melon and apple fruit. Reveals good cut, leaving a cleansing feel on the finish. Drink now. (BS, Web-2019)

K&L Notes

Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Blended but not for bottling until September. Clear pale fine trenchant Chablis with medium plus depth. Good weight here. Entirely from Pargues, which was completely hailed in ‘16, but in 2017 made 34 hl/ha. Tasted: May 2018."


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.