The beauty that I imbibed with Christmas dinner was a 2006 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon. I adore white Burgundies, and Chablis in particular… this was a great reminder of how long it had been since I treated myself to one.
The bouquet was complex, with floral notes mixed with wet stone, and green apple countered by ripe pear. Some nuttiness as well. A complex palate, with layers of minerality, bright citrus acidity and rounder melon and stone fruit. Some brioche/lees as well. A lovely lingering finish – which was the first thing to grab my attention.
In researching this one a bit, I found that the vines for this product are a minimum of 40 years old. Surprisingly, the producers themselves feel that this vintage was not of exceptional quality. Wow. Guess I need to try other ones, then. The 2005 seemed to garner a lot of attention, so I’ll be on the lookout.
2006 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon. Cork closure. 100% Chardonnay. About $52 at Everything Wine.
Cover photo credit: Deborah Wickins
In-text photo credit, Chablis in Chablis: Wikipedia Commons