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.
"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
Score: 94 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"A taut, steely, very mineral wine, showing a tense, textured character. Fruit flavors run from grapefruit to peach, with a delicious tang of zest along the way. With its acidity and structure, this is a wine for long-term aging."
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Ripe and juicy, with orange, apricot and melon flavors on a creamy texture. On the soft side, yet not heavy or dull, with a long, citrus-tinged aftertaste."
""From a 2-ha parcel in one block, quite low down the slope, picked in 3 separate tries, from the lower to the higher rows. Starts in tank and then 40% goes into oak, less than 25% new.
Delicate woody citrus. More oaky and more up-front intensity than the Louis Michel Les Clos. Moderate depth and soft for Chablis. But more marked freshness."
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2009 Chablis Les Clos is fabulous. This seamless wine caresses the palate from start to finish, with fine, silky tannins that support layers of seamless fruit. Round, sweet and harmonious, the 2009 Les Clos impresses for its fabulous sense of harmony and impeccable finish. Hints of jasmine and light floral honey inform the close. The Clos was aged 40% in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024."
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Full lemon-yellow color. Rather cool aromas of dusty stone, lemon and ginger. Juicier and firmer in the mouth than the more massive Valmur, with a light dusting of minerals lifted by lovely floral and spice perfume. The tight, dry, slowly building finish features very good grip and considerable class."
"Restrained minerality and refinement on the nose. Precise and intense yet elegant. Very good."
Score: 93 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"Moderate wood influence that should integrate quickly still allows the white flower, spiced pear and citrus-infused aromas to shine. The rich, full and serious flavors possess excellent concentration as well as ample amounts of the hallmark minerality on the detailed, energetic and explosive finish."
"Slightly hazy palish yellow. Very pure aromas of gingery spices, lemon, minerals, flint and crushed stone. At once supple and gripping, with a restrained sweetness to the very intense flavors of lemon ice and minerals. Finishes dry and long, with noteworthy energy."
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