Producer: Piuze, Maison Patrick
AG92+: "The 2011 Chablis Valmur is another super-rich, intense wine. A core of deep Valmur fruit emerges from the glass, but surprisingly, today it is the structure that dominates. Savory herbs and floral notes emerge over time, but this remains a powerful, muscular Chablis in need of cellaring. Sweet floral and honey notes with a suggestion of apricot wrap around the close."
Rated 90-92 points by Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Chablis Valmur is rich, round and seamless. Today it is the fruit that dominates, which is not surprising, given the site`s name and reputation for yielding ripe, fleshy wines. Exotic notes linger on the soft, caressing finish. My sense is that the Valmur will drink well upon release. Anticipated maturity: 2013+." -- Antonio Galloni in the Wine Advocate Additional Notes from the Wine Advocate: "Patrick Piuze is one of the most thoughtful producers in Chablis, so it is hardly a surprise that these wines continue to show significant improvement. One of the developments over the last year or so has been an experimentation with an old-fashioned mechanical press, which Piuze thinks may give him wines with a greater capacity to age, even if they are a bit tougher upon release. Given the considerable attention, and frankly mystery, that still surrounds the premature oxidation of white Burgundies, it is going to be very interesting to see what this approach yields. Piuze recently took over a section of the old Vocoret cellars in the center of town, which gives him some additional space, which was much needed. Unlike most of his peers, Piuze works exclusively with purchased fruit, most of it from vineyards he farms directly or supervises. Piuze makes a number of fabulous wines, but of particular interest are the "Terroir" series wines, which seek to highlight the unique qualities of each of the main villages within the Chablis appellation. As far as I know, no one else is making wines like this. Piuze bottled some of his 2011s early. Those wines were left on their lees for their entire elevage. I tasted the rest of the 2011s from barrel, where they had never been racked. As for the 2010s, Piuze is one of the few producers who is quite frank in saying he is not a huge fan of the vintage. Accordingly, Piuze chose not to bottle magnums for any of his wines."