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.
Score: 92 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
"A substantial Chablis, this layer scents of pressed flowers over chalk and coarse white limestone. The intensity of acidity is balanced by a touch of richness, the wine hinting at sweet fruit after a day of air. Clean and a little warm in the end, this will grow grand with age."
Score: 94 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
Grapefruit, lime, Rainier cherry and white currant combine for sweet succulence as well as invigorating brightness of fruit in Moreaus 2011 Chablis Valmur, whose silken texture and impressive sense of density offer an ideal complement to its vivacity and refreshment. Salt and chalk emerge from behind the fruit only in this bottlings finish, but then with mouthwatering and prolonged effect, accompanied by invigorating nips of citrus pip and cherry pit. Fabien Moreau credits improvements in the vineyards but also the high clay content in this cru with the sense of energy and vivacity as well as the alliance of richness, polish and substance with clarity and sheer vivacious juiciness on exhibit here.
Rich, layered and impeccable, the 2011 Chablis Valmur shows the Moreau house style at its finest. Hints of smoke, spice and light, floral honey add complexity to the rich fruit in a Chablis that is one of the more closed wines of the year, at least today. Ideally, the 2011 is best cellared for a few years, but it is gorgeous, even in this reticent stage.
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Pale, bright yellow. Pure but subdued nose hints at underripe pineapple, white pepper, spices and flowers. At once juicy and rich, offering lovely inner-mouth floral lift to the citrus, white peach, pineapple and white pepper flavors. Very silky, fine-grained wine with a very long, spicy back end.
Score: 91 PointsDecanter Author: Jeannie Cho Lee, MW
"Gorgeous nose of white jasmine flowers, flint and ripe apricots. An expressive wine with lovely layers of fruit with good mid-palate weight. Detailed flavors with long finish."
"Intense fruit, very hard edged. Impressive in an aggressive style, but doesnt seem to have the pleasure and flex that Chablis should have."
"This is ripe but completely classic with admirably pure and cool aromas of green fruit, oyster shell and iodine that are trimmed in much more understated wood notes. There is lovely intensity and detail to the equally pure and energetic flavors that possess cuts-like-a-knife delineation on the citrusy, bone dry and powerful finish. Good stuff here that is worth your attention."
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