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.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"The flint, flower, lemon, peach and apple flavors are accented by herbal notes in this clean, bracing white. A balanced version, building to a long, stony finish. Gains richness with air. Drink now through 2026."
Score: 94 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
"From the delicate notes of wildflower honey to the lasting flavors of white peach, this wine feels compressed and hidden, yet somehow full and complete. Tasting it now, there's a sense of a magnificent presence behind a white wall of chalk. A wine for the future, this needs a decade to show itself."
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
A subtle but intriguingly diverse range of floral and herbal aromas rise from the glass of Moreau 2011 Chablis Les Clos, along with intimations of lemon and white currant that prevail on a substantial but surprisingly tart palate. The lift, clarity, complexity and allure of the corresponding Valmur are not equaled here, at least for now; but there is a lovely persistence of floral and herbal essences as well as refreshing primary juiciness and sheer wet stone.
Score: 94 PointsVinous Author: Antonio Galloni
A beguiling bouquet laced with smoke, ash, graphite and pencil shavings melds seamlessly into a rich, generous core of fruit as the 2011 Chablis Les Clos shows off its personality and breed. Powerful, deep and structured, the 2011 needs more time in bottle, but it is deeply impressive, even today. The style is quite a bit more mineral inflected and even volcanic than the opulent Valmur. This is a rare 2011 that keeps opening up with further time in the glass. There is so much to admire here.
Score: 93 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Pale, bright yellow. Ineffable high-pitched aromas of pineapple, white flowers, ginger, quinine and crushed stone. Boasts superb purity and penetration to its flavors of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple and wet stone. Best today on the very long, echoing finish, which saturates the palate with dusty stone.
"Linear, tight, slightly bitter and leafy. Very slightly tannic. Very firmly structured, and somewhat unforgiving! Needs time?"
"The wood treatment here is subtle to the point of being almost invisible, which permits the airy, cool and beautifully layered aromas of white fruit, floral, wet stone and sea shore nuances to really shine. The opulent and very rich medium weight plus flavors possess plenty of mouth coating extract that impart a seductive texture to the mineral-driven, complex and explosively long finish. This bone dry effort will require 6 to 8 years to arrive at its peak drinkability."
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