Terroir: The Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Grand Cru Les Clos ‘Clos des Hospice’ is produced from the domaine’s tiny one-acre monopole at the foot of the Les Clos vineyard. The vineyard was acquired by the Moreau family in 1904 and has a slightly different terroir to rest of the vineyard, with slightly heavier marl soils, old and densely planted vines.
Vinification The grapes are pruned heavily during the growing season to keep yields to a minimum. Grapes are hand harvested using small containers, and brought to the winery for further sorting. Like all Moreau wines, the selection process is strict for this cuvée with only the highest quality grapes making their way to the fermentation. The must is fermented in stainless steel followed by 12 months of aging in the cellars. A small portion on the final blend is aged in oak cask.
"(Aging in 50% new oak) Very good pale yellow. Very ripe aromas of pineapple and spicy oak, with heavier suggestions of candied fruit and fruit syrup. Rich and oily in the mouth, with flavors of pineapple nectar and flowers. Despite its depth of texture, this is quite dry and austere today, with a substantial structure for aging. Finishes broader and oakier than the "regular" Clos. The Clos des Hospices is located low on the hill, where the soil is deeper and there is more humidity." 92-94 points -Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Jul.-Aug. 2007
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
A complex name for this finely crafted wine. It shows green fruits and oak, some intensity of flavor and a great layer of acidity, cutting through the rich fruits. The finish brings all this acidity forward, giving a classic Chablis minerality.
New wood cedary nose. A good concentration with a full and lively acidity. Long and complex in the mouth and with good length and after taste too. P>
Broad nose with hints of oak. Oak on palate that needs to integrate. Good acidity and a firm backbone. Oaky finish.
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
Pale color. Aromas of lemon ice and crushed rock. Bigger, richer and smokier than the "regular" Clos but perhaps a bit less pristine today, with vanilla and resiny notes to go with the powerful minerality. Broad and weighty but extremely backward. This parcel is situated lower on the hillside than the regular Clos, and there's more clay in the soil here-as well as more humidity.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Round, with hints of vanilla and lemon custard. It has a vibrant structure that drives the flavors, picking up some mineral on the finish. Needs a few months to absorb the oak. Best from 2009 through 2018.
Score: 94 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
(from a .41 ha parcel located at the bottom of the hill in Les Clos). More subtle wood influence frames a similar nose though here the flavors are slightly bigger, indeed to the point where there is almost a robust quality to the slightly rounder and more concentrated mouth coating flavors. The trade off for the additional size and weight in a vintage like 2006 is that this is not quite as elegant. A choice but a high quality choice!
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"(Aging in 50% new oak) Very good pale yellow. Very ripe aromas of pineapple and spicy oak, with heavier suggestions of candied fruit and fruit syrup. Rich and oily in the mouth, with flavors of pineapple nectar and flowers. Despite its depth of texture, this is quite dry and austere today, with a substantial structure for aging. Finishes broader and oakier than the "regular" Clos. The Clos des Hospices is located low on the hill, where the soil is deeper and there's more humidity."
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