2010 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis-Valmur Grand Cru

SKU #1116907 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is a noticeable if subtle application of wood that surrounds the fresh and highly complex aromas of green fruit, oyster shell and algae. The rich, full-bodied, dense and quite serious flavors possess an almost pungent minerality on the iodine-suffused flavors that culminate in a palate staining, explosive and mouth coating finish that is clean, very dry and moderately austere. This should also be remarkable in time.  (9/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Moreau’s 2010 Chablis Valmur shows the pedigree of this great site in its deceptively medium-bodied, at times weightless, personality. There is plenty of depth in the glass, but it needs time to emerge. Still, I very much like the energy and delineation, both of which elevate the Valmur to a significant degree. Orange blossom, nectarine and flowers leave a lasting impression. The richness that is typical of Valmur is nicely buffered by underlying veins of minerality. (AG)  (8/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright pale yellow. Subdued but precise aromas of fresh apricot and peach, acacia flower and flint. Rich and supple but subtle and quite dry, with the fresh peach flavor carrying through in the mouth. Not quite as detailed as the Vaudesir but the subtle, slowly rising finish boasts excellent breadth and persistence. Fabien Moreau notes that this grand cru used to be more massive here but has been getting tighter and fresher in recent years--a change that he attributes to his family's biodynamic practices. (ST)  (7/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A glint of spicy oak frames the melon, apple, lemon and oyster shell flavors in this intense white. Bright and well-balanced, finishing long and stony. Best from 2013 through 2020.  (11/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Refined, restrained and still fragrant. Powerful up front then long on the finish, and there's good depth in the middle.  (1/2012)

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.