Back on message! Unlike my lust for Grand Cru Chablis, which I just love as a baby or 10 years old, it seems that these 1ers just got better with youth – of-course another 4 bottles, probably provide a different result!
2009 J Moreau, Chablis 1er Vaillons
Medium golden colour. The aromas are clean and pretty with high citrus tones and a more concentrated but understated core – pretty enough. In the mouth this is very good – better than average acidity for the vintage and the flavour seems to wash over my tongue in waves, and culminates in a nice intense mid-palate before slowly fading over rocks it seems – like a wave travelling away from you. Just a very nice wine.
Rebuy – Yes
2010 Long-Depaquit, Chablis 1er Vaillons
Pale lemon yellow. The nose starts unimpressively with a forward slug of sweet oak, but I think I’m being fooled and it’s mainly something reductive that doesn’t hang around for long – afterwards it’s pure seashore – the only wine with that impression. The seashore also fades – perhaps that’s reduction too – leaving a pretty floral note and good though understated fruit, I think it’s lovely now. In the mouth this is unctuous yet mineral; the acidity whilst understated never gives the impression of being insufficient. Just a very lovely wine for now – but decant for best effect!
Rebuy – Yes