2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1077316 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss* 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.  (11/ 2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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.  (8/ 2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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.  (8/ 2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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. Drink now through 2019. 400 cases imported.  (12/ 2011)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.