2017 Domaine Christian Moreau "Valmur" Chablis Grand Cru

SKU #1454691 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 ronounced petrol nuances suffuse the nose of green fruit and quinine scents that evidence a phenolic character (think olive oil nuances). The notably rich, concentrated and muscular broad-shouldered flavors possess an abundance of sap that imparts an almost viscous texture to the clean, bright, powerful and borderline rustic finish. This terrific effort is a big but balanced if youthfully strict effort that also flashes fine development potential. Patience definitely advised.  (10/2019)

94 points James Suckling

 I love the exotic fruit aromas here with a very flamboyant peach and mango feel. The fleshiness is so captivating. This is a star in Moreau’s cellar in 2017. Drink or hold.  (7/2019)

94 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Valmur Grand Cru is a wine of elegance, polish and total sophistication. Creamy, ample and beautifully resonant, Moreau's 2017 captures all of the natural radiance that is the principal Valmur signature. Apricot, peach, mint, yellow flowers, honey and a touch of French oak give the 2017 much of its considerable appeal. This is such a racy, expressive wine. (AG)  (1/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is less demonstrative than the Vaudésir, unwinding in the glass with a bouquet of orange rind, fresh peach, confit citrus and fresh pastry that's nicely digested the new oak that was a little obtrusive 12 months ago. On the palate, it's full-bodied, glossy and textural, with a rich but tight-knit core. Right now, the Vaudésir would appear to have the edge, but time will tell. As I wrote last year, Fabien Moreau presides over this 11.5-hectare domaine—including fully six hectares of grand cru—that has been certified organic since 2010. The Chablis AOC is the only cuvée where the domaine's holdings are supplemented by some purchased grapes. Hand harvesting followed by fermentation and élevage on the lees in a mixture of stainless steel, used barrels and new barrels is the order of the day here, with some of the higher appellations seeing up to 10% new oak. Concentrated and keenly balanced, it's an impressive range; but for those who are averse to the flavors and aromas of new oak in Chablis—the present writer included—a few years' bottle age is essential to allow the wines to digest their wood component. The domaine's 2018s, tasted very early in their élevage, show promise. (WK)  (8/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This is tightly wound, displaying a tensile structure that puts the grip on floral, lemon, mineral and vanilla aromas and flavors. A chalky feel emerges on the finish. Shows potential, with all the components in the right proportions. Fine length. Best from 2021 through 2028.  (12/2019)

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