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: 96 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"From a vineyard that once belonged to the charitable Hospices de Chablis, this is a super-rich wine for a Chablis, powered both by acidity and by beautiful ripe fruits. It is bright and tight in character, although it is the richness and the density of the wine that shows most strongly. Drink this powerful wine from 2020"
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos "Clos des Hospices," which was purchased in 1904 by Moreau's great great grandfather, is located in more clay-rich soils at the bottom of the incline. Like the Les Clos '13, there is some reduction on the nose, but the palate is very well balanced with crisp green apple and fresh pear fruit, segueing into a very linear, austere finish that is more like a 2014 in style! This does have aging potential unlike many 2013s, but it will require patience.
Score: 92 PointsVinous Author: Antonio Galloni
Bright yellow. Musky aromas of tangerine, orange zest and smoky lees. Tactile, zesty and intense, conveying a slightly phenolic character to the concentrated ripe fruit and smoky mineral flavors owing to the very small berries here--and perhaps to the slightly "newer" oak used for this wine than for the regular Clos. The long, palate-dusting finish gives an impression of full ripeness without heaviness.
" Interestingly the wood treatment is more completely integrated though not invisible on the moderately expressive nose that offers up notes of smoky mineral reduction along with the same nuances displayed by the regular cuve. There is fine concentration to the powerful and punchy big-bodied flavors that possess a lovely minerality on the focused, intense and beautifully long finish. While this may change, this is presently drier than the regular cuve and that's not usually the case."
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