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 2010 Les Clos packs all of the flavor and complexity that you would expect from Moreau's flagship Grand Cru in such a spectacular vintage as 2010. The wine is jam-packed with ripe fruit from beginning to end, which combines with driving mineral and racing acidity.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"A compact, mineral-driven white, with apple and lemon flavors suspended on a bracing structure."
Score: 94 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
" A highly complex and perfumed nose speaks of floral, citrus, white peach and shell fish hints that introduce rich, refined and dazzlingly pure flavors that possess a silky mouth feel and superb detail on the explosive, long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is a big and powerful wine that possesses so much dry extract that it presently hides the underlying acid spine, indeed sufficiently so that this could actually be drunk now with proper aeration. That said, there is significant upside development potential that would unfortunately be lost."
Score: 94 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"A gorgeous, spiced bouquet announces the 2010 Chablis Les Clos. I especially like the way the Clos has maintained fabulous freshness and nuance, while capturing the depth of the year. Floral notes add lift and definition to this beautifully articulated, vibrant Clos from Fabien and Guy Moreau. Saline notes give the wine its sense of urgency and focus. The 2010 is at once voluptuous yet weightless, in the way the best wines from Clos often are. This is a great showing. Anticipated maturity: 2012+."
"A highly complex and perfumed nose speaks of floral, citrus, whitepeach and shell fish hints that introduce rich, refined and dazzlingly pure flavors that possess a silky mouth feel and superb detail on the explosive, long and impeccably well-balanced finish."
"The 2010 Chablis Les Clos is impeccable. Everything comes together beautifully as the wine takes shape in the glass. Well-articulated aromatics lead to an expressive core of chiseled fruit in this wiry Les Clos. Flowers, white peaches, smoke and crushed rocks linger on the long, crystalline finish. This is a very complete wine that is at once linear yet also shows elements of roundness and richness. Moreaus parcels in Les Clos range from 35 to 55 years of age. This deftly balanced wine was aged 40% in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030."
"Good bright yellow. Subtle aromas of peach and apricot, with the smoky, flinty minerality typical of this great grand cru. Suave, rich, broad and full, with highly concentrated but wonderfully smooth stone and citrus fruit flavors. Perfectly combines the finesse of the Vaudesir and the power and structure of the Valmur. The superb building finish saturates the palate with fruit, minerals and mint. This has the balance and intensity for a leisurely evolution in bottle but is hardly austere now. A beauty."
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