2013 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"

SKU #1269299 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Extra rich, ripe and round, this offers a full fruitiness that explodes in the mouth. Tannins and structure are all there, although the main thrust of this wine is the balance between this tension and the generous fruits that are developing. Drink from 2019. (RV)  (10/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is more laconic than the Vaudésir, as it is inclined to be. This is sultry at first, obdurate and stony with flint and smoke aromas reluctantly developing from the glass. So far, so curmudgeonly. The palate is crisp and taut, lightly spiced, tight and backward with orange rind and a touch of pepper towards the long and sustained finish. This is Chablis through and through – uncompromising and that is part of its attraction. Benoît Droin oversaw a strong set of 2013s that were some of the best that I tasted during my time in Chablis. 'There was some millerandage because of the wind in June during flowering,' he explained as we tasted down in his cellar. 'This actually led to more concentration. The grapes were still very small in early September and they stayed small during that month. The harvest was before the rot. For me it is a classic vintage with good acidity. You can drink now but they will age 10 to 15 years. It's not too acid, too round. If you compare with 2010 or 2012 they are more fresh, but they are more difficult to taste young.' (NM)  (8/2015)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chablis Valmur takes hold of all the senses with its rich, sensual, totally enveloping personality. The pure texture and radiance of Valmur is on full display, yet the 2013 also shows remarkable grace and plenty of subtlety. A dollop of sweet spices from the oak adds complexity to the yellow stone fruits in this pretty, decidedly understated Valmur. The Valmur is made from two parcels; the oldest vines are 16 years old, while the youngest are just three years old. (AG)  (8/2014)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An opulently ripe but not really exotic nose offers up attractive green fruit, white peach and again smoky notes that are trimmed in enough sulfur to notice. This is impressively powerful and particularly so for such young vines as there is an abundance of dry extract that buffers the moderately firm acid spine on the strikingly long and well-balanced finish. This is a big Valmur that isn't particularly refined but it is certainly imposing. (AM)  (10/2015)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright pale yellow. Distinctly more exotic on the nose than the Vaudésir, offering scents of orange zest, overripe peach and honey along with a deeply pitched oak element. Rich, tactile and harmonious but a bit warm, with honey and oak flavors currently dominating in the mouth. Finishes a touch phenolic. This wine, which was made from young vines, may be going through an oxidative phase. (ST, in Vinous)  (8/2015)

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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, Mâcon, 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.3