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 vines inside the Les Clos Grand Cru purchased in 1904 from the Hospices de Chablis, this is a richly structured wine. It's dense with layers of flavor and great aging potential. Wood and smoky flavors are still calming down to give a wine that will be impressive and long-lived. Drink from 2023.
Score: 94 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
A crystal-clear Chablis, boasting white peach, apple, seashore, spice and lime blossom aromas and flavors. Though young, this is complex and harmonious, with a firm, intense aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2025
This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the 31st of August brought hail but also an incredible 85 mm of rain which according to the weather service is a record for one day! The hail only lasted for 5 minutes but the stones were the size of cherries and thus they did a lot of damage in our vineyards of Les Clos and Blanchot. We also suffered a huge amount of erosion that created a lot of havoc as well. We began picking on the 3rd of September and bought in ripe fruit with potential alcohols of between 12.3 and 13.3% with post-malo pHs of around 3.25. Quantities were of course variable and in the hailed vineyards we lost around 40% relative to a normal crop. As to the wines, 2015 produced notably ripe and rich Chablis and even though the total acidities aren't especially high, the good pHs help maintain good balance."
The oak regime is more evident but otherwise this is relatively similar to the nose of the regular cuve.
Slightly exotic aroma of ripe pineapple. Dense and rich but holding a good bit of CO2 and difficult to judge today. Shows more texture and salinity than the classic Clos, and finishes classically dry and long, with a touch of youthful dryness. Easier to taste today than the regular Clos but this will still require patience.
The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos des Hospices has a clean and precise bouquet, focused with touches of lychee and pink grapefruit, perhaps not quite as mineral-driven as the 2014. The palate is well balanced with mango and dried pineapple on the entry, the oak neatly assimilated with a harmonious and tensile finish that feels tightly coiled. Give this 5-6 years if you can in bottle, because there is marvelous energy and tension.
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