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2005   2008   2015   2016  

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

- pneumatic pressing
- cold static settling
- alcoholic fermentation began in stainless steel tanks after 3 days, 8% of the juice was racked and transferred to fine-grained barrels where it continued alcoholic fermentation the remaining juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks for 7 to 10 days under controlled temperatures (18 to 20°C) to preserve a maximum of fruit and glycerol
- malolactic fermentation was complete in mid-March
- aged on the lees for 8 months with regular stirring and pumping over of the must to lend richness.

Tasting notes

Beautiful golden colour.
Smoky, concentrated nose with scents of hazelnut, almonds, mango and white blossoms.
Round and unctuous on the palate, still rather closed with hints of stone fruit such as peach and mango. Long, toasted almond finish.

Food and wine pairing

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

Serving suggestions

12°C

Ageing potential

Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" is a wine you can keep a long time (15 years), but it can be enjoyed young (3/4 years).

Vintage : 2008

The 2008 growth cycle followed up-and-down weather patterns which resulted in late budburst, uneven flowering depending on the vineyard’s exposure, and fungal diseases requiring both spraying and know-how on the part of the grower. Millerandage was inevitable given such conditions which limited yields. Paradoxically, though the Yonne department’s northern location means summer temperatures are relatively cool; this region received less rainfall during the summer than regions further south. Late harvesting allowed us to get the most out of the sunshine experienced during the second half of September, resulting in a 2008 vintage that is very harmonious, concentrated, and fruity, with perfect balance between sugar and acidity.

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