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.
"Le Clos des Hospices is a Moreau family exclusivity, located in the vineyards that produce the Grand Cru Les Clos appellation. Our great great grandfather acquired this parcel of land at the Hôpital de Chablis (Chablis Hospice) in 1904. In the south exposure, the soil is composed of kimmeridgien marl-calcium carbonate (upper Jurassic), and is rocky with white, dense clays. Density plantation: 7000 vines/ha. Average age of the vines: 28 years" -Fabien Moreau
Score: 95 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"This Grand Cru within a Grand Cru is a magnificent, opulent wine. It has all the power of a great white Burgundy, the richness allied to minerality and then given weight by toast, yellow fruits and a pure, straight line of acidity."
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
"The barrel-matured Moreau 2008 Chablis Les Clos des Hospices as usual, issuing from a single sweet spot in the Clos displays smoky toasty notes from barrel that segue relatively harmoniously into the fusil crushed stone character associated with the terroir. Musky floral and blond tobacco notes add allure. This is not showing more than marginal heat and is plush and texturally seamless rather than in the least rough; nevertheless, one is aware of higher alcohol as well as more wood, especially when compared with the soaring elegance and levity of the corresponding Blanchots or relative cut and transparency of the regular Les Clos. This preserves stony as well as bitter-sweet length but hasnt the juiciness, intricacy, or depth of its close sibling. I find it hard to doubt given the superb quality of that regular Les Clos bottling that the Clos des Hospices fruit, had it been vinified in the same manner, would have turned out spectacularly. Similarly, I find it hard to believe nor have tastings of the few earlier vintages of this bottling altered my impression that this will ever outgrow a certain awkwardness due to its wood."
"Subtly oaky nose; lively and balanced. Ripe, gently oaked, quite mineral and complex."
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
Pale yellow-straw. Less open on the nose than the "regular" Clos, offering hints of peach, almond, truffle and licorice, plus a steely aspect. Begins leaner, tougher and oakier than the Clos, with strong stony cut, then shows a more exotic aspect with aeration, as well as more oak spice. With its stony core and firm acidity, this wine has a serious structure and excellent grip. Also quite fine-grained but a bit youthfully disjointed today, with its finishing flavors currently a bit suppressed by its oak element (45% for the first several months of elevage It would be educational to compare these two versions of Les Clos two, five and ten years hence. 92(+)
Score: 94 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Rich and powerful, yet with a classy profile and vibrant structure keeping the ripe apple, lemon cake and chalk flavors focused. Its complex and balanced, and its this harmony that makes it so impressive. That and the long finish. A deep well of mineral on the aftertaste.
Score: 93 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
(this began entirely in oak but was moved to tank in February) Bright yellow. Outstanding musky complexity to the aromas of lemon, minerals, toast and smoke; smells almost sweet. More massive than the "regular" Clos, offering superb richness, sweetness and energy in the mouth, with little obvious sign of its history of oak. But this large-scaled grand cru is more muscular and less silky than the regular Clos. Finishes with terrific length, ripeness and verve.
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