Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2007

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils

Terroir: The tiny plot of Grand Cru Valmur sits snuggly between Vaudésir to the north and Les Clos to the south. Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils owns a total of 3 acres of this famed terroir. The plot is densely planted (7000 vines per hectare) with vines averaging 50 years old.

Vinification: Up to 50% of the blend spends some time in oak, of which 90% are 2-3 year old barrels. Just 10% is new.

Additional Information

"(from a full 1 ha parcel). The expressive nose screams Chablis and blind, it would be virtually impossible to mistake this for anything else as the aromas are spot on classic with the green fruit, tidal pool, iodine and salty character, all of which are also reflected by the extremely fresh and at this point, still completely primary flavors that are nicely rich and full yet retain a fine sense of underlying detail that is supported by a firm acid spine on the understand, driving and impeccably balanced finish. This isn’t quite as complex as the Blanchots but I think that it will ultimately be every bit as good. We’ll see in a few years." 91-94 points -Allen Meadows, Burghound, Oct. 2008

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

    Fine ripe fruit shows on this full-flavored wine, but there is as much of the vanilla, toast and spice character as there is of the peach note. The texture, though, is all fruit, tight apple skins with final fresh acidity.

  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Friday, June 11, 2010

    Though rich, this vibrant white is driven by its snappy acidity, providing tension and length. In between are the bright lemon, melon and flint notes that are entwined through the lingering aftertaste.

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
    Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    Salted chicken stock and shrimp shell reduction along with fresh lemon already define the aromas of Moreaus 2007 Chablis Valmur, and follow on a palate that manages to combine richness and underlying density with vivacity (here, almost electric) in a manner familiar from this years Vaudesir. Prominent citrus and orchard fruits made for a generous mid-palate. The 50-year-old vines on steep slopes that inform this wine seem able to render juice that can resist the wood. (Their clusters always exhibit a lot of millerandage, says Moreau.) Citrus pip and cherry stone bitterness along with overt chalkiness lend a touch of austerity to the finish, but this offers some counterpoint to generosity that dominated this wine until that point. It should merit attention for 6-8 years.

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Image Wine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Moreau owns two parcels of older vines in this valley between Le CLos and Vaudesir, one facing northwest (30 acres) and one southeast (70 acres). A portion of the wine ages in barrel, mostly one, two and three-year-old wood, which helps to broaden the texture and lend a toasty hint of walnuts to the flavor. Theres an intriguing red fruit character, like the mottled red hue of an apple, and a dry apple and honey savor. The wine feels sturdy and complete, ready to go the distance in the cellar.

  • Wine Image Decanter Author: Other
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Bright lemon. Young, light nose. Thirst-quenching, linear palate. Crisp, refreshing and long.

    Grade: Bronze Medal
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadows'
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    (from a full 1 ha parcel). The expressive nose screams Chablis and blind, it would be virtually impossible to mistake this for anything else as the aromas are spot on classic with the green fruit, tidal pool, iodine and salty character, all of which are also reflected by the extremely fresh and at this point, still completely primary flavors that are nicely rich and full yet retain a fine sense of underlying detail that is supported by a firm acid spine on the understand, driving and impeccably balanced finish that is suitably austere.

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, July 31, 2009

    Bright yellow. Pure but reticent nose offers lemon, ginger, minerals, white pepper and a whiff of vanillin oak. Richer and larger-scaled than the Vaudesir, offering a creamy middle for the vintage and more finesse than usual for this bottling. Really builds subtly and mounts toward the back, echoing impressively on the long aftertaste.

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadow's
    Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    (from a full 1 ha parcel). The expressive nose screams Chablis and blind, it would be virtually impossible to mistake this for anything else as the aromas are spot on classic with the green fruit, tidal pool, iodine and salty character, all of which are also reflected by the extremely fresh and at this point, still completely primary flavors that are nicely rich and full yet retain a fine sense of underlying detail that is supported by a firm acid spine on the understand, driving and impeccably balanced finish. This isnt quite as complex as the Blanchots but I think that it will ultimately be every bit as good.

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    Pale yellow. Complex, slightly leesy aromas of underripe pineapple, ginger and white pepper, with a floral topnote; almost atypically high-pitched for this wine at this stage of its evolution, notes Christian Moreau. Then much richer and fatter in the mouth than the nose suggests, with a creamy sweetness nicely cut by very firm, almost painful acidity. Perhaps a bit youthfully disjointed today, as the wine's brisk acids have not yet totally harmonized with its opulent fruit, but very long on the aftertaste. This should make a classic Valmur.

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