Moreau, Christian - Chablis Valmur 2010

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Moreau, Christian

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 31/08/2012
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. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.

There are a handful of famous producers in Chablis, and a larger number of emerging estates, but the few wineries are as overlooked as Christian Moreau. This is one of the few domaines where I preferred the 2011s to the 2010s. The 2011s have notable freshness and energy, while the 2010s are at times a bit on the heavy side. Perhaps it is a question of harvest dates or the conversion to biodynamic farming that was in its second year in 2011, or a combination of other factors, but it is pretty clear the 2011s have the upper hand when tasted next to the 2010s. The 2011 harvest started on September 2, a good two weeks earlier than 2010. Some of the wines were chaptalized by half a percent. Total acidities were in the 4.5-5% range, which Moreau reports as being similar to 2010. The 2011 Chablis was bottled the first week of June. I tasted the rest of the 2011s from tank or barrel. The 2010s were harvested beginning on September 16th. These are decidedly rich, large-scaled wines endowed with considerable concentration. Yields were down 30-50% because of hail and poor flowering, and that has marked the wines to a significant degree. Overall, I have a slight preference for the 2011s, which are less bombastic than the 2010s.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 31/08/2011

The 2010 Chablis Valmur emerges from the glass with a rich tapestry of aromas and flavors. This, too, is another of the richer wines in this line-up. It is a big, spherical effort that covers every inch of the palate with fruit. Today the Valmur comes across as a bit heavy relative to the finest wines in this lineup. The Valmur is one of the wines that sees the highest amount of oak (50% in 2010) as Moreau believes the slightly higher percentage of clay in this site yields bigger wines that are inherently better suited to oak than his other grand crus. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025.

Fabien Moreau, Christian Moreau’s son, is a sixth-generation winemaker. Despite a rich family lineage, Domaine Christian Moreau is a relatively new estate. The winery was founded in 2002 upon Christian Moreau’s exit from the family’s negociant business following its sale to Boisset. Domaine Christian Moreau farms 12 hectares of vineyards, of which 5.5 are grand cru and 4.5 premier cru. The Domaine lost 30-45% of their crop in 2010 to low yields caused by an irregular flowering that dragged out over three weeks instead of the customary ten days because of unusually cool, damp weather. According to Fabien Moreau the high presence of millerandage (shot berries) and shatter mark the 2010s to a great degree. Vintage 2010 is the first year the Domaine is certified biodynamic. Aside from some hail in early July, which mostly affected Vaillons, the rest of the growing season here proceeded with little in the way of complications until the harvest, which started on September 21st. The wines had high acidity and plenty of malic acid, so the 2010s completed 100% of their malos. I tasted all of the 2009s from bottle and the 2010s in approximate final blends from tank. Moreau ages a portion of their top wines in barrel. In 2009, oak levels were down slightly as Fabien Moreau was concerned that the oak might overpower wines with the naturally lower acidities that are characteristic of that year. (90-92)