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.
Coming from a flatter parcel of Les Clos the 2009 Clos de Hospice is a rich, darkly flavored Chablis, firmly packed with layers of mineral, wet stone, apple and a touch of honey and nut. Absolutely beautiful!
Score: 95 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"A superbly rich wine, with its acidity well integrated into the concentrated and rounded fruit. It has great texture and fruit that bursts from the glass. It is generous, warm and toasty, while also preserving the steeliness that is hallmark of the Les Clos vineyard."
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"This has density for its peach, ripe apple and lemon cake flavors to permeate, picking up some structure as it develops on the palate. The texture is supple, verging on creamy, with fine length."
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2009 Les Clos Clos des Hospices is a huge wine in this vintage. It turns positively explosive on the palate, with intense yellow stone fruit, minerals, flowers and oak. This is a decidedly round, voluminous style shaped by the 45% oak. I am not sure it will be a particularly long-lived wine, but it will deliver plenty of enjoyment over the coming years. The Clos des Hospices was aged 45% in oak. As is the custom with this bottling, the percentage of newer barrels is higher than in the straight Les Clos. The 2010 seems inherently better suited to the oak than the 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019."
Score: 93 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Bright, full yellow. Rather shut down on the nose, hinting at orange peel, nutmeg and minerals. Denser and more savory than the "regular" Clos, but at the same time silkier (the vines here are older). A stronger oak element contributes to the impression of breadth and dryness. More bracing on the long finish than the thick palate suggests, with a piquant note of pineapple. I'd give this very rich and saline wine a few years to absorb some of its oak."
Score: 93 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"This is quite similar to the regular cuve save for the fact that the fruit component is slightly riper. Otherwise, there are the same rich, full-bodied and serious flavors that possess excellent mid-palate density and the same powerful, driving and persistent finish. This is a big yet not inelegant wine that should age well in the context of the vintage."
"Bright, light yellow. Very ripe aromas of lemon, ginger and sexy oak, plus a whiff of smoky reduction. Sweet, lush and lemony; comes across as both larger and gentler than the "regular" Clos. Rather like a Puligny-Montrachet in style but with no shortage of minerality. Today I'm not convinced that this wine from deeper soil lower down on the hill is better than the Clos, but in a dry year like 2009 that's often the case."
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