2013 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"

SKU #1276569 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again there is a touch of the exotic to the ripe white and yellow orchard fruit aromas that also exhibit just enough Chablis character to be convincing. As with most of the 2013s in the range, there is fine mid-palate volume to the delicious, sappy and relatively lush flavors that deliver solid power and punch on the dry-in-the-best-sense finish. This is really quite good and should drink well early on if your taste runs to young Chablis.  (10/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has a clean and precise bouquet with scents of citrus peel, smoke, granite, a touch of wild mushroom and chalk - all very complex and well defined. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity: crisp and taut, refined and elegant, gently building toward a delicately spiced, quite nuanced finish. This is a lovely Valmur to enjoy over the next 15 years or more. (NM)  (8/2015)

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