Source: July 2022 Week 3, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 21st Jul 2022 (RP-95 )
Unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, lemon oil, freshly baked bread, oyster shell and struck match, F?vre’s 2020 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is full-bodied, concentrated and incisive, with a racy, electric profile and a searingly saline, intensely penetrating finish of striking persistence. This is a terrific Valmur that will merit at least a decade’s patience to reveal all its considerable potential.
Drinking Window 2030 – 2050
With its terroir split into two parts on either side of the Sainte Vaubourg fountain path, it has slightly deeper clay-limestone soils than the other Grands Crus. Its shape is reminiscent of a small valley hence the name Valmur.
GRAPE VARIETY: Chardonnay
GROUND OF THE APPELLATION: Limestone and clay
DOMAIN SURFACE: 1.15 hectares
APPELLATION SURFACE: 13.19 hectares
ORIENTATION OF THE PARCELS: South-Southeast
TASTING NOTE: Charming bouquet with astonishing fruitiness and a good mineral character. The powerful, strongly constituted palate lacks neither elegance nor roundness.
FOOD/WINE PAIRING: Fish, shellfish and other seafood, grilled or in a cream
sauce. Poultry and white meat, grilled or in a cream sauce.
PERFECT PAIRING: Caviar jelly oysters.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: Between 12C to 14C
VINIFICATION: Use of the principle of gravity so as to avoid all pumping, which could harm the quality of the wine. Brief (1? – 2 hours) pneumatic pressing to obtain a gentle separation of the solid and liquid parts of the grape. Very light static settling of the juice to preserve enough fine lines so that the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation can occur naturally. The must is run into
French oak barrels (aged of 6 years in average) for 60 to 70% of the harvest. The remainder is
vinified in small stainless steel vats.
MATURING: 14 to 15 months, of which 5 to 6 months on fine lees in French oak barrels, for 60 to 70% of the harvest. The end of maturation occurs in small stainless steel vats.