Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Valmur 2018

2018 is a warm vintage in Chablis and the Valmur grand cru vineyard faces south and west, maximising sun exposure. So to the wine buyer spending $100+ on a grand cru wine, this is a potentially challenging crossing of “warm and warm”. The wine however stands up very well. It does although take a little time to reveal itself, tasted blind, as typical of Chablis. In the glass, it has phenolic and oyster shell aromas, with more of the former than the latter. The palate is dry, its acidity refreshingly high and the length very good (a 20 second plus finish). There appears a well judged contribution from at least 9 months in old oak; Brocard’s website does not appear to make the tech specs available to confirm. This is early to approach a grand cru Chablis, but it is certainly drinking well now. It should drink well for another decade. ★★ June 2022

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