Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2016

The Chablis wine region stretches along the Serein valley and across 19 communes. Chablis, known as the “Golden Gate of Burgundy”, is dedicated to the production of a clear, aromatic, fresh white wine whose name is synonym of “minerality”.

Terroir: The name of this parcel has two possible origins. It could be derived from the ‘Vallée aux Meures’, with meures meaning ‘blackberries’ in ancient French. Brambles, or blackberry bushes, previously grew in this area. A second theory suggests that the name originates from the meurs (walls) which were built around a property or parcels using stones taken from the elds known as ‘murgers’ or ‘meurgers’ thereby giving us the ‘Vallée des Meurgers’. Grand Cru Valmur is a 13 hectare vineyard in the heart of the grand crus, bordered to the north by Vaudésir and Les Clos to the south. Soils here are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone).

Vinification: Manual harvesting is carried out at optimum ripeness levels (between 12 and 13°). The grapes are pressed in our pneumatic press and the musts then undergo cold maceration for a 5 to 7 day period before being settled and vinified. The alcoholic fermentation lasts between 15 to 18 days at the Domaine. The malolactic fermentation is usually initiated in December. The wine is aged for around 15-18 months entirely in stainless steel tank. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn.

Additional Information

Golden yellow in color with greenish reflections. Crisp and fresh with excellent minerality, combined with aromas of candied lemon. The wine is elegant and delicate on the palate, offering a great aromatic complexity, with subtle touches of citrus.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Avg Vine Age: 50+ years
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
    A bright, lemon-, melon- and apple-infused Chablis, harmonious and elegant. Picks up a mineral element as this unfolds on the long finish. Mouthwatering. Drink now through 2024.
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
    (entirely in cuve; from purchased fruit): Light-medium yellow with green reflections. A bit more exotic on the nose than the Bougros, offering scents of blood orange, flint and pepper. Silky, juicy and dry; more saline, chiseled and alive than the Bougros, which is a bit too fruity and opulent today. Perhaps an oddball in the context of this line-up, and a bit disjointed and tricky to taste right now, but complex and saline on the aftertaste.
    Grade: 90-92 Points
  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
    "A smoky green fruit nose is more obviously endowed with classic Chablis elements that include sea breeze, oyster shell and iodine. The rich and overtly powerful big-bodied flavors possess evident muscularity before culminating in a surprisingly rustic finish where noticeable warmth emerges. Solid but not exceptional."
    Grade: 89-92 points

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