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.
(60% of this wine started in oak barrels, one of them new and the rest younger on average than those used for the Vaudsir): Pale medium yellow. Very ripe aromas of yellow peach, orange oil and spicy oak. Then thick but a bit edgy and austere in the mouth and a touch dry on the finish; disorganized today and in need of time to harmonize. Fabien Moreau believes this wine is more disjointed because it was made in barrels and tank and only recently blended.
Score: 94 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
Fifty-year-old vines on the two opposing slopes of this Grand Cru vineyard come together in this balanced wine. It has a cool mineral character that contrasts with its ripe yellow and pear fruit. Acidity and a tight texture hold the wine together beautifully. Drink from 2020.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Peach, lanolin, vanilla and sweet baking spice notes herald this elegant white, converging on the pinpoint, lemony finish. Excellent length. Drink now through 2024
This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the 31st of August brought hail but also an incredible 85 mm of rain which according to the weather service is a record for one day! The hail only lasted for 5 minutes but the stones were the size of cherries and thus they did a lot of damage in our vineyards of Les Clos and Blanchot. We also suffered a huge amount of erosion that created a lot of havoc as well. We began picking on the 3rd of September and bought in ripe fruit with potential alcohols of between 12.3 and 13.3% with post-malo pHs of around 3.25. Quantities were of course variable and in the hailed vineyards we lost around 40% relative to a normal crop. As to the wines, 2015 produced notably ripe and rich Chablis and even though the total acidities aren't especially high, the good pHs help maintain good balance."
All but invisible wood easily allows the pure nose of green fruit, iodine and sea breeze aromas to be appreciated. There is excellent power to the rich, intense and focused flavors that possess a lovely sense of energy on the textured and palate coating finish that is borderline rustic.
A complex nose featuring peach and mineral aromas leads to a dense, tightly wound palate conveying more acidity and punch than the Vaudsir. A menthol element contributes to the backward impression. Finishes dry, classic and long.
The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has another winning bouquet of white flowers, hints of white chocolate and roasted almond all very well defined, perhaps the mineralit not quite as present as the Vaudsir. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, tightly wound and focused with green apple, Cornice pear and a dab of ginger on the focused finish. Unlike the Vaudsir this will require more ageing, 4-5 years if possible.
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