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.
The 2010 Valmur is one of the richer lines in the Moreau 2010 lineup. Aromas and flavors of mineral, lemon and green apple drive throughout and combine well with the well integrated touch of oak that rounds out the wine and tempers it's racy acidity.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"A glint of spicy oak frames the melon, apple, lemon and oyster shell flavors in this intense white. Bright and well-balanced, finishing long and stony."
Score: 94 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"There is a noticeable if subtle application of wood that surrounds the fresh and highly complex aromas of green fruit, oyster shell and algae. The rich, full-bodied, dense and quite serious flavors possess an almost pungent minerality on the iodine-suffused flavors that culminate in a palate staining, explosive and mouth coating finish that is clean, very dry and moderately austere. This should also be remarkable in time."
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"Moreaus 2010 Chablis Valmur shows the pedigree of this great site in its deceptively medium-bodied, at times weightless, personality. There is plenty of depth in the glass, but it needs time to emerge. Still, I very much like the energy and delineation, both of which elevate the Valmur to a significant degree. Orange blossom, nectarine and flowers leave a lasting impression. The richness that is typical of Valmur is nicely buffered by underlying veins of minerality. Anticipated maturity: 2012+."
"Citrus, Key lime pie nose. Youthful palate, with minerality developing."
"This also is very backward and unevolved, indeed the residual aromas from the malo are still present. The rich, full-bodied, dense and quite serious flavors possess an almost pungent minerality on the iodine-suffused flavors that culminate in a palate staining and mouth coating finish that is quite dry and moderately austere. This should also be remarkable in time."
"The 2010 Chablis Valmur emerges from the glass with a rich tapestry of aromas and flavors. This, too, is another of the richer wines in this line-up. It is a big, spherical effort that covers every inch of the palate with fruit. Today the Valmur comes across as a bit heavy relative to the finest wines in this lineup. The Valmur is one of the wines that sees the highest amount of oak (50% in 2010) as Moreau believes the slightly higher percentage of clay in this site yields bigger wines that are inherently better suited to oak than his other grand crus. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025."
"Medium yellow. Enticing aromas of candied lemon peel and fresh pineapple. Dense, silky and fine-grained, with terrific stony grip to the lemon cream and mineral flavors. Sappy, saline grand cru with real tension, thanks to a strong impression of acidity. Finishes dry and classic, with excellent citric lift and length. A strong showing."
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