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.
A pungent nose consists of full-on reduction and wood which renders an assessment impossible. There is a citrusy character to the obviously ripe, dense and powerful middle weight flavors that evidence plenty of minerality and richness that carries over to the sappy and wood-inflected finish. This will need a few years to better integrate the oak treatment.
There is only one barrel of the 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots this year and it will be bottled as 150 magnums. Good luck finding one. It has a tight nose that feels a little enervated by the hail damage to be honest, especially when compared to the Vaudesir or the Vaillons. The palate is certainly energetic in the mouth and goes some way to compensate for the aromatics, although there is a slight shrillness on the finish.
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