Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2008

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils

Terroir: Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils owns a total of 7.5 acres of this most famous of the Grand Crus of Chablis, more than any other producer in the region. Their primary parcel sits on the high portion of the hillside with a direct southeast exposure. With the steep grade, drainage of the kimmeridgien soils is quick leading to low yields of the densely planted vines.

Vinification: A sizable 40% of the final blend is aged in oak cask, although only a small percentage is new barrels. The oak contact is unobtrusive and is a testament to the sheer power of this Grand Cru.

Additional Information

"The soil is made of kimmeridgien marl-calcium carbonate (upper Jurassic), and is very rocky with white, dense clays. Density plantation: 7000 vines/ha. Average age of the vines: 10 years. -Fabien Moreau

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Sunday, May 1, 2011

    "Rich and concentrated wine,with apricot and peach fruit as well as a tight mineral character. This is a wine for aging, its rich fruits bolstered by an impressive integration with the toast, smoothing and rounding the whole wine."

  • Score: 95 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Friday, November 19, 2010

    #59- Wine Specator Top 100 Wines of 2010"Aromas of citrus blossom and chalk dust lead into lemon, vanilla, peach and mineral in this elegant, yet powerful white. Really expressive of place, it evolves across the palate, cascading into a long aftertaste of citrus and mineral. Fine seashore intensity."

    Grade: Top 100 Wines of 2010
  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
    Date: Sunday, October 31, 2010

    "A combination of fresh lemon, fusil, crushed chalk and white truffle in the nose of the Moreau 2008 Chablis Les Clos puts me in mind a bit of 1996, with musky narcissus and peony adding seductive intrigue. But there is a silken texture and a succulent generosity of white peach to accompany the bright lemon and grapefruit that would not have been present in many 1996s. Indeed, this is munificent by the standards of its site, vintage, and compared with previous wines I have tasted from the Moreau domaine. But beyond all the animal, floral, and sweetly-fruited depth present (at under 13% alcohol, it should be noted), there is all the cut and clarity, and all the saturation of chalk, salt, and iodine that one could wish for under the rubric of minerality. Peach kernel and citrus rind add piquancy to an expansive and sustained finish. This will be worth following for at least ten or a dozen years; and heres hoping it will still stand erect when the roll is called two decades from now. A small portion of the wine which I did not taste had been bottled only a few weeks before my visit, but the majority, including the bottle I sampled, had been bottled along with the rest of the Moreau 2008 crus, in September."

  • Wine Image Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 (Decanter.com Author: Michael Schuster
    Date: Friday, October 1, 2010

    "Highly honeyed, oaky nose; full ripe and fruity with good concentration."

    Grade: Bronze Medal
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
    Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010

    Pale yellow-gold. Reticent, pure aromas of lime peel, lemon, almond flower and minerals. Deceptively open in the way of Les Clos owing to its sheer suavity, fine-grained texture and balance, hinting at citrus oil. Deep and broad yet almost magically weightless ("this could make a good aperitif right now," notes Christian Moreau), finishing with excellent length and class. As with the Vaillon Guy Moreau, this wine's creamy quality is amplified by the fact that it finished with about two grams per liter of residual sugar.

  • Score: 95 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010

    Aromas of citrus blossom and chalk dust lead into lemon, vanilla, peach and mineral in this elegant, yet powerful white. Really expressive of place, it evolves across the palate, cascading into a long aftertaste of citrus and mineral. Fine seashore intensity.

  • Wine Image JancisRobinson.com Author: Jancis Robinson
    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    More perfumed than his Premiers Crus. Dense and deep and satisfying. Lots to chew on. Quite a cerebral wine and certainly very clean.

    Grade: 17/20 points
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

    (From a huge 3 ha parcel). Here the nose is also distinctly cool and admirably pure with notes of fresh acacia blossom and crushed stone notes that complement the equally mineral-suffused middle weight flavors that possess superb intensity and stunning length where the finish really coats the palate with dry extract. Terrific.

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