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Production area

Among the seven prestigious climates located in the commune of Chablis, the 11,04 ha of Valmur stretch across a “valley” at the heart of the appellation, running alongside that of Vaudésir as well as Grenouilles and Les Clos. Its location, offering subtle variations of exposition and altitude, enable more varied wines to be produced here than in the other vineyards.

Origins

Chalky scree slopes overlying Kimmeridgian marl. The soil is heaby and is strewn with small fossilized oysters known as “Exogyra Virgula”.

Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Vinification and maturing

- long pneumatic pressing
- static settling
- alcoholic fermentation began in stainless steel tanks
- after 3 days, 35% of the juice was transferred to fine-grained 1-2 years old barrels from selected origins
- malolactic fermentation completed
- both the wine in barrels and the tank-fermented one were stirred
- racking in October
- aging on fine lees for 12 months

Tasting notes

Elegant gold colour.
Already intense nose with bergamot, grilled almonds and pineapple notes.
The mouth is rich, yet full of freshness and greediness reminding mandarin and custard cream, all enhanced by a subtle minerality and a beautiful expression.

Food and wine pairing

Perfect with fish, shellfish, crayfish bisque, quenelles, cheese soufflés and goat cheeses.

Serving suggestions

12°C

Ageing potential

5 years and more.

Vintage : 2016

2016, if it is small by its quantity, is a great vintage by its quality
After a mild winter, nobody suspected that the spring would bring a polar spell hitting a record area of vines at the end of April with a devastating frost. The episodes of hail that followed on the Mâconnais and the northern parts of the Bourgogne region once again reduced the harvest, while exceptional rainfall also made things difficult in the vines. Fortunately, June marked the start of a hot, sunny spell, and the vines started to get back on track. Flowering, budburst, and ripening happened undisturbed, and the weather at the end of the season was fine. Harvesting began on 20 September and continued through to mid-October.
Vintage 2016 thus offers some fine surprises with wines of potentially high quality. The white wines have fine fruit aromas, are generous with good body and will be ready to drink while young whereas the red wines are powerful, tender, concentrated and will be ideal for ageing.

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