2014 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Once again there is enough oak present to remark on though not so much to mask the green fruit, pear and abundant Chablis character that includes oyster shell and tidal pool nuances. The big, indeed even burly flavors exhibit excellent richness and mid-palate concentration as well as seriously impressive power and persistence on the slightly rustic finale. This will require patience. (AM)
(Stony aromas of lemon, lime and crushed rock show an element of reduction. Boasts terrific intensity and texture to its concentrated flavors of citrus peel, peppery spices and menthol. Another very saline 2014 with superb breadth and length, but more closed today than the Vaudésir. This wine is ultimately more complex but will require longer aging.
Exhibiting peach, apple and lemon aromas and flavors, this is ripe, focused and harmonious, delivering spice and mineral accents on the lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, like the 2015 Valmur, offers attractive scents of white flowers, yet it is more austere than the succeeding vintage with limestone and slate-like aromas developing in the glass. The palate is clean, fresh and sappy in the mouth with plenty of citrus fruit. Sure, it pulls back on the finish and feels a tad austere, but that is the joy of Chablis and as some compensation, it graces you with a prolonged white pepper aftertaste. This is clamming up, so stash it away for 3-4 years. Domaine Christian Moreau is one of those producers that had been on the upswing in recent years and a bit like Patrick Piuze, I always appreciate my visit here--not only because of the quality of the wines, but because Fabien Moreau always gives me a candid view of the vintage. (Unfortunately, his father Guy was away on this visit.) (NM)
Tense, spritzy, pithy. Lots of substance and chew on the palate. Very youthful, savoury fruit. Grandiose. (RH)