Chablis Les Vaillons 1er Cru is one of the largest Chablis premier crus and sits in a side valley on the left bank of the Serein with classic Kimmeridgian clay soil. Les Vaillons has a southeastern exposure with full morning sun and cools in the evening helping to preserve freshness. Moreau's holdings are in the climats Roncières, Sécher, and Chatains.
Chablis achieves its highly distinctive mineral character due to its cool northerly climate and its highly calcareous soil. The Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru is a generous, fleshy and lively wine that displays a beautiful balance of minerality, fruitiness and elegance.
Grapes are hand-harvested and vinified by spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks, with regular pumpovers. The wine goes through 100% malolactic fermentation and ages 18 months on the fine lees before bottling.
This Premier Cru is delicately fruited with notes of white fruits, apple and pear, with a fresh minerality and steeliness. The palate is layered and complex with stony/steely aromas and lovely vibrancy, typical of the stony soil of 1er Cru Vaillons. This Premier Cru combines minerality, delicate fruit and elegance.
Domaine Louis Moreau is a 50-hectare estate based in the heart of the Chablis appellation. Louis and his wife Anne founded the domain in 1994 and own parcels in four of Chablis’ seven grand cru climats. All of Louis’ decisions in the vineyard and cellar are meant to bring out the personality of each terroir.
Vineyards are farmed lutte raisonnée (sustainable farming) with some of the premier cru and grand cru vineyards in conversion to organic. Petit Chablis and Chablis are machine-harvested while the premier and grand crus are hand-harvested. The wines are vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks and receive a light filtration before bottling.
Intriguing aromas of vanilla and white chocolate, perhaps also yoghurt, then a rich, soft, fruit-driven and harmonious palate in which any oak influence is very subtle. A lovely wine indeed: intense, deep and long.