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Average critic rating : 93.5 points
A background touch of wood frames green fruit, white flower and salt water aromas that introduce pure, refined, elegant and ultra cool flavors that possess terrific vibrancy and focused power before culminating in a driving, understated, firm and altogether serious finish. I very much like this as it's classic Valmur and should age beautifully as the balance is perfect. Allen Meadows, Burghound, Oct01,2009.
Tasted after the corresponding Blanchots, Raveneau’s 2008 Chablis Valmur brings one back stunningly to an uncanny sense of lift and refinement as well as introducing piquant nut oil and sweetly savory as well as saline intimations of scallop. The texture here is creamy yet luscious, refreshing citrus accompany its sense of buoyancy. Wafting hedge flower, rosemary, and rowan perfume, citrus oils, iodine, kelp, and purple plum distillate are among the elusive elements in this subtly complex display that lingers with extraordinary length. “Refined length and delicacy along with density, that’s typical Valmur,” says Raveneau in apt summation. I expect this beauty will prove worth lingering over for hours, or for 12-15 years. The 2007, incidentally, performed fabulously this spring. ||Bernard Raveneau had been among those growers most bursting with enthusiasm about his 2008s when I had visited the following April, likening them to 1996s but with effusively floral and high-toned herbal aromatics such as he said he had never experienced in his young wines. As with the 2007s (and compared with 2009s that Raveneau expected to give shorter elevage), the collection here was bottled largely in late spring and early summer, only two wines having been bottled when I tasted them this April. (The others were in tank or pre-assembled for me.) But it was already clear by then that this collection has justified its author’s initial excitement and confidence. Wine Advocate.October, 2010
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