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Clive Coates, The Vine - September 2004



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La Revue du Vin de France - November 2004



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Latest News from Wildman Public Relations - October 10, 2004

The Wine & Spirits Annual Buying Guide places Domaine Christian Moreau Père among its 100 "Wineries of the Year". Wine & Spirits details the evolution of the domaine in terms of ownership and history, and advises that "though the Moreau name appears on a variety of Chablis, for domaine wines look to Christian Moreau."


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Ther Boston Globe - September 2, 2004

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis AC 2002

"Consumers with a more limited budget can take advantage of less lofty, but still delicious, wine produced in the region in 2002, one of the best years for Chablis in decades. These wines from excellent producers, such as Christian Moreau and his son Fabian, labeled simply Chablis, without a vineyard name, are a fabulous value.
Filled with the quintessential minerality, lingering nuances, and refreshing citric acidity, Moreau's 2002 Chablis delivers more than anyone should expect from simple Chablis.
Although Chablis is usually paired with shellfish or unadorned seafood, Christian Moreau's 2002 has enough stuffing for lightly spiced Asian fare."
Michael Apstein


Steve Tanzer's international Wine Cellar - Issue Jul/Aug 2004

Production for this domain was down 35% to 40% in 2003 due largely to frost, which was worst in Valmur and Les Clos but also caused crop losses in the upper, unprotected portions of Vaillon.Despite the low crop level from the start, the Moreaus carried out their normal crop thinning in June.The domain's vineyards, which with one exception are over 45 years of age, then stood up to the heat relatively well, according to Christian Moreau. The Moreaus started picking on August 27, bringing in fruit with potential alcohol in the high 12.5% to 13.9% range.According to Fabien Moreau, who is now in charge of winemaking, the debourbage was longer in 2003 as he wanted to cool down the musts. (In 2002 there was almost no cold settling, as the juice following the gentle pressing was extremely clean and included barely 2% lees.)The Moreaus did very little batonnage in either vintage, as both years brought material that was rich from the start. In addition to adding tartaric acidity to the musts, Moreau pere et fils blocked part of the malolactic fermentation in their Vaillon and Clos to preserve freshness; Christian Moreau has a long history of using this strategy in hot years.(Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York, NY)

2002 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Vaillons : 89/100
Lemon, minerals, flint and smoke on the nose. Juicy and fine-grained on entry, with firm mineral character giving it a youthful tightness. Then opens out and expands nicely on the back half, finishing with ripe, sweet notes of lemon, dried nuts and spices.
2002 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Vaillons Guy Moreau : 91/100
Subdued, cool aromas of minerals, menthol, citrus skin and cold steel. Ripe, fat and full, with a dusty texture and very strong, brisk flavors of lemon and pink grapefruit. Showed a ripe peach note as it opened in the mouth. Finishes with an impressive whiplash of flavor. Very strong juice.
2002 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Vaudesir : 91/100
Reticent nose hints at gunflint, smoke and grapefruit skin. Less dense than the estate's other grand crus but brisk, sharply delineated and strongly mineral in character, with penetrating, steely flavors of Granny Smith apple, mint and crushed stone. This was fermented in tank, then spent six months in barrel before being returned to stainless steel.
2002 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Blanchot : 90/100
Highly spicy aromas of peach fuzz, vanilla and cinnamon. Then much more open-knit and sweet than the Vaudesir, with enticing, rich fruit and complicating spices. Quite aromatic toward the back, finishing with citrus and mineral notes and excellent length. Broad, ripe and pliant but conveys a light touch.
2002 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Valmur : 93/100
Brooding aromas of wet stone and grapefruit. Juicy, brisk and penetrating, with mouthcoating, citrussy fruit enlivened by strong acidity and complicated by a spicy element. A big wine with terrific breadth and a rather powerful structure. Finishes broad and very long.
2002 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Clos : 94/100
Ineffable nose combines wet stone, iodine, citrus skin and spices. Offers superb sweetness of flavor allied to great cut and freshness. Wonderfully elegant grand cru with very intense flavors of grapefruit and dusty stone. Very long, ripe and gripping on the aftertaste. One-third of this wine was fermented and aged in barrel, the rest in tank; it then spent its last five months prior to bottling in stainless steel. "Les Clos is the most complete Chablis grand cru," says Christian Moreau, "combining the structure of Valmur and the finesse of Vaudesir."
2002 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Clos des Hospices : 95/100
Deeply pitched aromas of stone, lemon and nut oil; a bit more exotic than the "regular" Clos. Then fatter, richer and broader in the mouth, with very ripe flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. As large-scaled and sweet as this wine is, its dense, juicy, tactile fruit sets the salivary glands to working. Finishes with an explosive whiplash of flavor. Wines like this and the Clos can match the flavor interest and ageability of the best grand crus from the Cote d'Or at less than half the price.
2003 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis : 83-86/100
Exotic aromas of banana and lichee. Fat, rich and quite dry, with flavors of dried fruits, banana and nuts. Rather Southern in character, showing more texture than flavor intensity.
2003 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Vaillons : 87-89/100
Riper, more Chablis -typical aromas of green apple, quinine, mint and smoke. Softer in style than the 2002 but fresher than the 2003 village wine, with enticing orchard fruit flavors enlivened by quinine and mint. Finishes with persistent peach and spice flavors and lovely sugar/acid balance for the year.
2003 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Vaillons Guy Moreau : 86-89/100
Aromas of candied lemon peel, smoke, mint and lichee. Fat, plump and dry; more exotic than the basic Vaillon but has plenty of lemon cream and nutty flavor.
2003 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Vaudesir : 85-88/100
Bright yellow color. Exotic aromas of caramelized banana and spices. Superconcentrated (the yield here was just 18 hectoliters per hectare) but aggressive, with fat, somewhat blowsy flavors and a distinct alcoholic warmth. I'm not sure I'd pick this blind as Chablis , but it's certainly identifiable as very ripe chardonnay. Finishes with good length.
2003 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Blanchot : 87-89/100
Much more Chablis -typical aromas of spiced apple, gunflint and smoke. Juicy and deep, with ripe apple, lemon, stone and spice flavors nicely framed by fresh acidity. Finishes with a slight dryness.
2003 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Valmur : 89-92/100
Wet stone, apple and mint on the nose. Rich, supple and sweet, with uncanny lushness of texture. Extremely mouthfilling for a young Chablis grand cru. Less exotic and more complex than the last couple of samples, offering notes of lemon cream, grapefruit, wet stone and minerals. Finishes very long and minerally. Offers terrific potential.
2003 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Clos : 90-93/100
Precise, scented nose combines lemon curd, green apple, quinine, mint, minerals and cold steel. Juicy and tightly wound; currently hiding its fat and richness. But this very rich, spicy wine offers terrific finesse and thrust, and an uncanny lightness of touch for the vintage. Expands impressively on the back end, finishing with powerful minerality.
2003 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Clos des Hospices : 90-92/100
Very subdued but pure aromas of grapefruit, lemon and spices; only a slightly exotic suggestion of candied citrus peel gives away the vintage. Very rich in the mouth but less showy than the estate's basic Clos cuvee; in fact, this impressively concentrated wine is much more austere today. Rather tight and reserved in spite of its sweetness, but there's major volume here. A concentrated, sappy wine with notes of smoke and spicy oak on the finish. The Moreaus believe this will be as strong as the Clos, but today it's more difficult to imagine the ultimate shape of this wine.


Wine Spectator Weekly - July 8, 2004

Revue des Vins de France - Numero spécial Millésime 2003 - June 2004

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Nous avons beaucoup aimé
Chablis Premier Cru Vaillon 2003 : Belle matière, avec une acidité bien typée Chablis.
****
Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2003 : La finale est actuellement durcie par l'acidité, mais sa matière concentrée laisse présager un beau vin de garde.

Anthony Gismondi at www.gismondionwine.com (Vancouver, Canada)

Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2002 - Chablis, Burgundy, France : 88/100
Light citrus, nutty lees aromas with streaks of anise, wet slate and apple skin. Soft, round, elegant styling leads you into its buttery, mineral, citrus slate flavours with a dry, nutty lees finish. Fine finesse but definitely a leaner, classic style. Should improve over the next year.
Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2002 - Chablis, Burgundy, France : 89/100
Cuvée Guy Moreau take sits name from a 70 year old block planted by Guy Moreau in 1934. It is 60/40 stainless steel/ barrel fermented blend with only 10 percent new wood used - the rest is a mix of one, two and three year old barrels. Classic fresh lime, slate, floral, baked pear aromas. Round, rich, dry palate with more weight than the regular cuvée. Fine slate, green apple skin, butter, citrus and green melon flavours. Good vibrancy and acidity on the finish - nicely balanced.
Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2002 - Chablis, Burgundy, France : 92/100
Les Clos is consistently among the best Chablis Grand Cru we taste and the Moreau is no different. The winemaking is all done in stainless steel before the wine is aged for four months in barrels (90 per cent in 1, 2 and 3 years old barrels, 10 per cent in new and 1 year old barrels). Look for a nutty, dry slate, citrus, green apple skin nose with some buttery, honey streaks. The palate is rich, round, ripe and dry. Big honey, butter, citrus, chalky, melon and green apple flavours invite you into the glass. Long and balanced in the finish with fine finesse. Bravo.
Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2002 - Chablis, Burgundy, France : 91/100
Just over half of Valmur is aged in stainless vats. Forty five per cent is done in barrels (90% in 1, 2 and 3 years old barrels, 10% in new and 1 year old barrels) for a period of six months. Look for a spicy, creamy cashew, citrus, green melon, mineral aromas with a floral hint. Ripe, round, elegant but quite rich and dry. Honey, nutty, spicy lees, green apple and lime flavours. Crisp, vibrant finish but quite dry. Needs a year or so to round out and let the oak settle down. Fine intensity and a big future.

Decanter magazine - July 2004

Highly recommended ****
Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils - Valmur 2002 : 17.4
Mineral and steel like. Lovely, fine, restrained, balanced. Fruit ripe but not over sweet. Lovely intense minerality. Good length. Very classy. 5-15 years
Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils - Clos 2002 : 16.8
Ripe, floral fruit. Lots of florality and ripness. Broad, buttery flavours. Good ripness and good natural acidity. 5-10 years.

Recommended ***
Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils - Vaudésir 2002 : 16.5
Creamy, leesy. Very powerfull, concentrated, intensly mineral nose. Very pure, very terroir. Has real depth and staying power. Excellent. 5-15 years.
Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils - Clos, Clos des Hospices 2002 : 16.4
Fine floral bouquet and nice light touch of minnerality. Clean, minerally fruit. Very elegant and pure, precision of flavour from Chardonnay. 5-15 years
Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils - Blanchot 2002 : 15.58
Quite floral bouquet, minerality showing through. Fine balance and very precise fruit. Clean and long. Quite rounded and harmonious. 5-15 years.

Wine Internatinal Magazine - April 2004
Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru les Clos 2002: Gold
Well integrated oak on nose with firm acidity and good mineral fruit on palate .Elegant.
Drink...2014.
Rosemary Georges MW

Esquire - February 2004

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Sky - February 2004
Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis AC 2001
"Shellfish and sushi beg for an astringent, yet succulent white like Moreau's chablis, which smells of minerals and tastes of tart green apple. Chardonnay shines brightest in Chablis, and since 1814, few winemakers have more to be proud of than Moreau."
F. Paul Pacult

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