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: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
"This wine was tasted blind at the Burgundy 2012 tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos is showing some oak on the nose, with touches of white flower and mint infusing the citrus fruit that needs to develop a touch more harmony. The palate is fresh and nicely balanced on the entry, with lemongrass tincturing the citrus fruit and more fatness in the mouth compared to Benot Droin's Les Clos, with a long if slightly obvious finish. "
"Domaine Moreaus 7.5 acre parcel of Grand Cru fruit is one of the largest in Chablis. Savory and rich on the palate with tropical fruit, citrus and cream notes. Tight threads of mineral keep things in balanceand a playful hint of spice keeps it interesting. Incredible finish. Almost half of the final blend is aged in oak cask, with only a slight amount in new oak."
Score: 94 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Coming from what is often seen as the grandest of the Grand Cru, this is a powerful and rich wine. Steel and minerality go with dense ripe citrus and apple fruits that are touched with wood spice. The wine is a gorgeous mix of fruit and structure. Drink from 2018."
"Domaine Christian Moreau owns 7.5 acres of the renown Les Clos Grand Cru, more than anyone else in Chablis and builds their wines from vines that average 45 years. They make good use of their turf in this intensely aromatic, well-layered, full-bodied Chablis ambassador. Expect ripe tropical fruit to mingle with stone fruit and a squeeze of citrus, while chalky minerality provides a firm foundation. Remarkable balance, deep concentration, and an enduring, bone-dry finish round out this sought after Grand Cru from Domaine Christian Moreau."
"The 2012 Chablis Les Clos is all about tension, energy and finesse at this stage. The bouquet remains a bit reduced and not totally expressive. Instead, it is the wine's superb texture that impresses most. This is another wine with a bright future. I can hardly wait to see how the 2012 shows from bottle."
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Finely delineated, with lemon, green plum, and flinty flavors etched into a tightly coiled profile. Brisk and tangy on the finish, presenting a lingering aftertaste of citrus and stone. Best from 2016 through 2024."
"Bright yellow. Captivating high-pitched aromas of white stone fruit, minerals and flowers. Dense and sappy on the palate, displaying terrific ripeness and concentration to its flavors of white peach, lemon, white flowers, ginger and crushed stone. Still a bit hardened by CO2 but this extremely long Clos is a knockout in the making."
" A very subtle hint of oak sets off notes of spice, citrus peel, pear, acacia and tidal pool aromas. There is excellent size and weight to the impressively intense, rich and full-bodied mineral-infused flavors that possess fine detail on the almost painfully intense, tangy and lemony finish. This is presently quite linear and will require a few years to blossom."
"Tasted from tank to which it was shortly to be moved into barrel for 3-4 months the Moreau 2012 Chablis Les Clos evokes on nose and palate musky narcissus and sweetly perfumed lily-of-the-valley, apple, white currant and Meyer lemon. It manages uncannily to combine the density and richness of the corresponding Valmur with a clarity, vivacity, buoyancy and primary juiciness such as are especially evident in the best of this estates 2011s. An ultra-savory, saline, iodine and alkaline mingling of oyster liqueur and shrimp shell reduction had my salivary glands in thrall. Heres hoping time in barrel takes nothing away from the present performance of this beauty, which I suspect will merit attention through at least 2022. "
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