2018 Domaine Moreau-Naudet Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

Chablis, France

Spellbindingly-good but sadly limited, this is Chablis with extra cut and class.



About the Wine

The Vaillons release is one of a range of premier cru Chablis from the small domaine of Moreau-Naudet, all of which display uncommon richness to complement the traditional raciness of the region.

Moreau Naudet deals with time-; painstakingly hand-picked, slower elevage (often in old oak), time on lees, and a delayed release to market. They are a delight in youth, but will reward the patient.

Sourced from a trio of fifty year-old vineyards within Vaillons, grown organically, then vinified separately before blending. A great balance of zesty, salinity and some exotic bosominess.

About Moreau Naudet

The late Stéphane Moreau was one of the great heralded iconoclasts of his generation, taking a fresh approach to farming grapes in Chablis.

His wines received rave critical acclaim for their ripe, unadulterated expression of the region that proved leaner isn't necessarily better for showcasing the differences in terroir across the region. Natural yeasts, biodynamic farming and a general high-care-low-interference philosophy was making him one of the hottest names in the region.

Sadly, Stéphane passed away unexpectedly in late 2016. To their credit, his wife Virginie and his assistant winemaker took up the mantle and have continued to farm and make wines true to Stéphane's style and methods. These wines are brilliant for their generosity and individual character.

Virginie Moreau
Virginie Moreau
Chablis, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

On the left bank of Le Serein and on the middle of the slope, Vaillons is a particularly well-positioned site that enjoys an excellent reputation thanks to the work of several key growers. The Moreau-Naudet Domaine works with vines which were planted in 1974 in three sub-climats: Sécher, Les Epinottes (in a cooler part of the vineyard) and Roncières, which provides more opulence. Sécher usually accounts for 30% of the blend and provides intense mineral cut and structure.

Each parcel was vinified separately before being blended. The wine was fermented and aged in both tank and older barrels. This is prettier and more restrained, with white florals, nectarines, lime zest and gentle, kernel-like spice. It has a lovely juicy, mouth-watering close. All class.


Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Drink Until : 2030

The late Stephane Moreau
The late Stephane Moreau
Chablis, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


“The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru is another wine in this range with quite a bit of promise. Exotic and tropical, with terrific depth, the 2018 has a lot to offer, even if it is clearly an adolescent today - 90-93 Points.” - Antoni Galloni (Vinous)


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