2015 Domaine Christian Moreau "Valmur" Chablis Grand Cru

SKU #1332747 93 points John Gilman

 The Moreau holdings in Valmur are older vines than their parcel in Vaudésir, and the wine is a small step up in quality in 2015. The bouquet has a nice touch of reserve to it out of the blocks, delivering scents of lemon, apple, chalky minerality, fruit blossoms, beeswax and just a touch of vanillin oak (this too is fifty percent barrel-fermented). On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and shows a fine girdle of acidity, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip, excellent balance and a long, complex and very promising finish. This could do with a few years in the cellar to fully blossom. Fine juice.  (11/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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 mineralité not quite as present as the Vaudésir. 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 Vaudésir this will require more ageing, 4-5 years if possible. 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)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a full 1 ha parcel). Relatively prominent wood fights somewhat with the otherwise pure nose of green fruit, pear liqueur, iodine and sea breeze aromas. There is excellent power to the rich, intense and focused big-bodied flavors that possess a lovely sense of energy on the textured and palate coating finish that is borderline rustic. Here the bitter lemon aspect that arises on the finish is more pronounced and it’s worth noting that this is sufficiently structured to require at least some patience.  (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Peach, lanolin, vanilla and sweet baking spice notes herald this elegant white, converging on the pinpoint, lemony finish. Excellent length. (BS)  (5/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Light-medium yellow. Nose dominated by musky stony minerality. Tightly wound and powerful but a bit hard-edged in the early going, offering classically dry citrus, menthol and white pepper flavors. This fruit appears to have been picked earlier than ideal owing to the hailstorm and its hint of bitterness will take time to knit. Finishes with a slightly phenolic dusty quality. More disjointed than the Vaudésir today but ultimately more minerally. 91+ points. (ST)  (8/2017)

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Varietal:

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.