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: 95 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
"This wine was tasted blind at the Burgundy 2012 tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is a knockout wine that under tough blind conditions trumped its peers and surpassed my own expectations. It has a delightful and engaging bouquet with honeysuckle and flint aromas, is beautifully defined, focused, very poised and sophisticated. The palate is fresh and engaging, rounded and quite rich, and flattering at this early stage with peach and citrus lemon fanning out on the finish; there are residues of honey on the long aftertaste. I believe the expression is killer juice.
Score: 93 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Valmur is considered to produce a generous style of Grand Cru, and this wine lives up to that. Its warm and rounded while never losing touch with the crisper side of a great Chablis. The ripe white and yellow fruits are on the rich side, cut with citrus acidity and underlined by wood aging. Drink from 2018."
"The 2012 Chablis Valmur is wonderfully alive and vibrant in the glass. A wine of fabulous texture and pure depth, the 2012 boasts great definition, nuance and clarity. Moreau's Valmur is wonderfully complete, even today. The interplay of fruit and intense, mineral notes hits a striking crescendo on the voluptuous finish. This is a dazzling showing from Moreau."
"Bright yellow. Lovely restrained aromas of peach, soft citrus fruits and flowers; showing less oak influence than the Blanchots. Sweet peach and spice flavors are given structural support by solid lively acidity. The tactile, building, well-delineated finish suggests that this rather powerful wine will evolve gracefully in bottle. This will certainly merit an even higher rating if it develops more nuance with aging."
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Rich, with oak accents lending spice and texture to the melon, apple, lemon and stone flavors. Turns more focused on the long, firm finish. Best from 2015 through 2023."
"This also displays ample wood influence though it is somewhat less pronounced than that of the Blanchots and allows the very fresh green fruit, floral and oyster shell aromas to be appreciated. There is a bitter lemon character to the otherwise delicious, intense and mineral-inflected flavors that possess both good power and fine mid-palate concentration before finishing with real drive and a lovely sense of balance."
"From barrel, the Moreaus 2012 Chablis Valmur displays concentration of zesty lemon and pineapple close to the core, tinged with fresh fennel and suffused with an almost dusty sense of chalk. A sappy and for 2012 surprisingly full, dense and glycerol-rich palate impression stimulates with well-integrated bitter elements, and the finish mouthwateringly floods the taste buds with an alkaline, saline and zesty mingling of citrus and oyster liqueur. While this misses the striking clarity or energy of the corresponding 2011, its distinctive and considerable virtues should remain on display through at least 2020. "
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