2014 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"

SKU #1261766 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again there is enough oak present to remark upon 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 very impressive effort will definitely require patience. (AM)  (10/2016)

93 points Vinous

 (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.  (7/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (11/2016)

92 points 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)  (8/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Tense, spritzy, pithy. Lots of substance and chew on the palate. Very youthful, savoury fruit. Grandiose. (RH)  (1/2016)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.