Terroir: The Grand Cru Blanchot is located on the left bank of the Serein river adjacent to Grand Cru Les Clos and has an optimal south/ southeast exposure. Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils plot is located mid-hillside with will drained soils of Kimmeridgien limestone that is rich in small oyster fossils typical of the region. This soil helps to create wines of distinctive mineral complexity.
Vinification: The winemaking techniques strive to honor the high quality of the terroir, vines and grapes, bringing out the very best in every harvest. A small portion of Grand Cru Blanchot is aged in oak cask while the majority of the blend is aged in stainless steel.
Score: 92 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Bright light-medium yellow. Reticent nose hints at lemon peel and yeasty bread. Then much more expressive on the palate, showing surprising acid lift to its stone fruit and crystallized lemon peel flavors. Finishes firm-edged but not dry. There were just 1-1/2 barrels of this juice due to hail losses but the wine does not come across as oaky. The Moreaus harvested this parcel first after the hailstorm.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
This is opulent, offset by bracing acidity, setting the stage for apple, lemon tart and spice flavors. A vein of mineral peeks out on the lingering aftertaste. Stays focused and builds nicely from start to finish. Drink now through 2024.
This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the 31st of August brought hail but also an incredible 85 mm of rain which according to the weather service is a record for one day! The hail only lasted for 5 minutes but the stones were the size of cherries and thus they did a lot of damage in our vineyards of Les Clos and Blanchot. We also suffered a huge amount of erosion that created a lot of havoc as well. We began picking on the 3rd of September and bought in ripe fruit with potential alcohols of between 12.3 and 13.3% with post-malo pHs of around 3.25. Quantities were of course variable and in the hailed vineyards we lost around 40% relative to a normal crop. As to the wines, 2015 produced notably ripe and rich Chablis and even though the total acidities aren't especially high, the good pHs help maintain good balance."
Once again there is enough wood present to remark upon but not so much as to fight with the more floral-scented nose that offers background nuances of citrus and iodine. The mouth feel of the middle weight flavors is quite fine and I particularly like the sense of purity on the energetic and lightly mineral-inflected finale.
The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots has an attractive bouquet: yellow flowers, a touch of lemon curd with the mineralit taking a back seat for the moment. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, perhaps missing a little complexity on the entry, though it delivers a fine saline finish that lingers in the mouth. Not bad at all, although I think it needs to put on a little weight with bottle age to contend with the top Grand Crus in this vintage.
Ripe aroma of fresh apricot with a complicating oaky element. Dense, sappy and vibrant, displaying terrific energy and floral lift to the stone fruit and crushed rock flavors. This site was the most affected by hail in 2015, with production just 1-1/2 barrels vs. a normal 2-1/2, but the rain after the hail limited the damage, according to Fabien Moreau.
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