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.
Valmur sits adjacent to Les Clos on the more western face of the slope making it a slightly cooler terroir. This is reflected in the 2009 vintage that shows a more elegant, understated style.
Score: 93 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"This Valmur brings out great richness from the vineyard and the vintage while keeping an intense texture, orange zest and grapefruit flavors and a firm butter and toast aftertaste."
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"This cohesive white offers intensity to its apple, green plum and citrus flavors. The structure shows on the finish, as citrus and a hint of vanilla chime in on the aftertaste"
"Grass, tropical flowers and nice creaminess with some straw character on the finish. Great salty brightness too-really expressive."
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2009 Chablis Valmur emerges from the glass with tiny bursts of energy and vibrancy. This is a minimalist, understated wine graced with tremendous classiness from start to finish. It is also quite cool and reserved for the vintage. All in all, this is another winner from Moreau. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019"
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Bright lemon-yellow color; less gold than the Blanchot and Vaudesir. Reticent nose hints at soft citrus fruits and ripe pear. Large-scaled, sweet and rich if a bit youthfully inexpressive today. Firm mineral-driven acidity carries and lifts the finish of this impressively structured 2009. Lots of potential here, but in need of at least a couple years of bottle aging."
"Fruit more peachy though still has citrus and mineral freshness. Spreads to fill the mouth on the finish but theres a tight structure giving length and future. Very fresh and a slight grip adds to the length."
Score: 93 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"A less forthcoming but similar nose marries into richer yet more detailed middle weight flavors that are admirably fresh and pure before culminating in a palate staining, balanced and driving finish of striking length. This should make for a really lovely wine in a few years."
"Very ripe but more classic Chablis aromas of fresh apricot, lemon peel, minerals and crushed stone. Broad and creamy in the mouth, with a sweet element of minerality giving this tactile wine a rather fine-grained texture. This large-scaled and horizontal grand cru seems more harmonious today than the more powerful Blanchots."
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