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.
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
"This wine was tasted blind at the Burgundy 2012 tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos des Hospices has a complex bouquet with potent flint and smoke aromas that are very well delineated. The palate is fresh and poised, and there is superb tension here and focus; it is backward but with great precision and penetration on the finish that sticks in the memory. This is just a wonderful, effervescent, tensile Chablis Grand Cru."
Score: 95 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Bought by Christian Moreaus great-greatgrandfather at the Hospices de Chablis in 1904, this parcel lies within the Grand Cru of Les Clos. Its a superrich Chablis of great density and concentration. Spice, apricots and intense citrus provide the hallmarks of a wine for long aging. Drink from 2019."
"Moreau's 2012 Chablis Les Clos Clos des Hospices is a big, big wine. Vinification in oak gives the Clos des Hospices gives the wine much of its volume. Still, there is plenty of detail for a wine of this size. The style is very much rich, layered and texture. How the oak integrates is a bit of an open question at this stage."
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Though rich and densely textured, this lemon-, melon- and spice-flavors white has a spine of vibrant acidity. Deceptively balanced, this seems approachable now but should develop well over the next decade. Best from 2016 through 2026."
"Bright pale yellow. Less floral and more stony on the nose than the "regular" Clos, offering a strong crushed-stone quality to the musky aromas of mint and noble herbs. At once ripe and quite dry in the mouth, initially showing less early personality than the Clos bottling, but opened with air to reveal powerful stone fruit and mineral flavors. This may ultimately be more complex than the Clos but it's much less open to inspection today. Very long and subtle on the aftertaste."
"This is quite aromatically similar to the regular Les Clos except that here the fruit character is slightly riper and the wood is a bit more pronounced. There is serious power to the big-bodied, intense and extract-rich flavors that are not quite as fine but more robust, all wrapped in a highly persistent finish. Fans of power and weight will prefer the Clos des Hospices and those who prefer a bit more refinement will prefer the regular cuve."
"Tasted from tank soon after it had been racked from the barrels in which it fermented, the Moreau 2012 Chablis Les Clos des Hospices from a single sweet spot on that slope already displays its usual tendency to be more redolent of oak, texturally fatter, but also more opaque than its stable mates. That noted, there is considerable and refreshing stimulation from flavors of tart-edged white currant and zesty Meyer lemon, and the sheer persistence of these characteristics along with predictable salt and stone point toward an ultimately impressive performance capable of repetition through at least 2020. "
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