Terroir: Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils owns a total of just under 10 acres of the famous Vaillon vineyard. With a relatively steep grade the plot has terrific drainage of it’s Kimmeridgien clay soil and a south/southeast exposure that provides optimum sunlight throughout the growing season.
Vinification: The winemaking techniques strive to honor the high quality of the terroir, vines and grapes, bringing out the very best in every harvest. A small percentage of the final blend does see a short time in oak barrels.
Clean, well-rounded, classic Chablis from vines that average 56 years old. The wine is pure and vibrant in flavor showing off citrus and mineral which combine with just a touch of oak on the finish.
Winemaker: Fabien Moreau
Sustainability: Certified Organic
Soil: Kimmeridgien calcareous clay
Avg Vine Age: 60+ years
Sizes Available: 750ml, 375ml
Pack Size: 12/750ml
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Score: 93 Points
JamesSuckling.comAuthor: James Suckling Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
"Attractive grapefruit and white peaches with a gentle reductive edge. The palate has a very intense, concentrated core of lemons and tart peaches with creamed honey. A pithy, juicy texture. Excellent quality here. Drink or hold."
Score: 89 Points
VinousAuthor: Neal Martin Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
"The 2016 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru has a well defined bouquet with scents of dried honey and white peach, a little stricter than the Chablis Village. The palate is well defined with a rounded entry, the acidity well judged with a brisk and harmonious finish that just about offers sufficient tension."
Score: 90 Points
Wine SpectatorAuthor: Bruce Sanderson Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
A bit awkward in the beginning, featuring apple, green plum and lemon notes that clash with the razor-sharp acidity. Comes together on the finish, where the fruit and structure dovetail. Should be better in a year. Drink now through 2024.
Score: 93 Points
Wine EnthusiastAuthor: Roger Voss Date: Monday, April 23, 2018
This vineyard, on the left, cooler bank of the River Serein, has produced a crisp, intensely fruity wine, with something of the steely character that marks out many Chablis. Along with that, a riper style brings out peach and pear flavors. Drink the wine soon for the fruit, although it will be even better from 2021.
Score: 94 Points
Wine Review OnlineAuthor: Michael Apstein Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Vaillon is a large well-known 1er cru vineyard on the Left Bank in Chablis that is composed of many plots. Christian Moreaus plot, where the average age of the vines is 56 years, according to their website, is in the heart of the vineyard. Year in and year out, their Vaillon is always one of their most exciting wines. Their 2016 is not different. A great success, it has almost all of the vivacity of the 2014 vintage combined with the ripeness of the 2015 vintage. Drink now with sauted scallops or cellar it for the next five or ten years.
BurghoundAuthor: Allen Meadows Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Enough wood to warrant mentioning is present on the ripe white orchard fruit aromas that also exhibit hints of the exotic and tidal pool. The rich, caressing and seductively textured mid-palate of the medium weight flavors contrasts considerably with the very dry, ultra-crisp and slightly clipped finish comes up a bit short today though my sense is that this will harmonize once it passes a few years in bottle.
Grade: 88-91 Points
The Wine AdvocateAuthor: Neal Martin Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Matured in 35% barrel and the remainder in tank, including just 2% new oak, the 2016 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons comes from six different parcels that are vinified separately. It has a refined, floral bouquet with scents of nectarine and apricot blossom. I appreciate the purity of this wine. The palate is crisp and lightly spiced on the entry. There is good weight in the mouth with a touch of bitterness on the finish. I appreciate the "attack" of this Vaillons, a wine that is keen to make an impression.