Let this age or breathe and you will find some amazingly long flavors--citrus, toasted oak, ripe fruit, honey--that last for minutes on the finish. Has a great, lush, mouthfeel that any Chardonnay fan will love, but Chablis purists should stay away.
This has reached middle age and really reminds me more of a good premier cru from the Côte d'Or than a classic Chablis. That said, this is a very good white wine with mature but still reasonably fresh aromas and full, nicely rich and complex flavors and fine length. After a couple of hours, the edginess of Valmur appears with slight austerity on the finish. In short, a fine white wine and one that is drinking perfectly now. Fans of classic chablis should take note however that this is not what you're looking for.
Readers who purchased the 1995 Chablis Valmur, are in for a real treat. I have re-tasted it on a few occasions since describing it in Issue #110 and have loved it each time. I apologize to readers for not having included a maturity date in my notes, it seems I was so taken by the wine that I skipped that all important fact. It requires cellaring patience because it is so tightly wound and concentrated. I suggest drinking it between 2004 and 2012. A year ago, Jean-Marie Guffens told me that 1996 was the greatest vintage of his lifetime. While he did not repeat that comment when I visited him in November, Guffens was bursting with pride as I tasted the wines.
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