2014 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1271574 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This could not be mistaken for anything other than Chablis as there is plenty of typicity to the white fruit and floral scented nose. There is also excellent size, weight, power and richness to the middle weight plus flavors that exude ample minerality on the overtly saline and hugely long finish. This is flat out terrific and is a classic expression of the vineyard.  (10/2016)

95 points Decanter

 Floral and yellow plum notes with a chiselled yet powerful texture and a long citrus finish. From grapes grown on a deeper soil, always giving a grand cru of great intensity. Illustrates superbly the quality of the vintage.  (2/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 This white combines freshness and depth with a supple, almost creamy texture. Lemon-lime, Granny Smith apple, tart green plum and oyster shell flavors converge as this dovetails on the long, chalky finish. Accents of fresh herbs and flowers linger. Best from 2018 through 2028. (BS)  (11/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos is very impressive from the word go: crisp limestone scents, apple blossom and just a touch of smoke. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine definition, very focused and complete with a hint of bitter lemon lending tension. What really marks this out is the outstanding salinity on the finish...you feel as if you have just licked a rock. Maybe I have? This is an outstanding Les Clos from Fabien Moreau. Domaine Christian Moreau is one of those producers that had been on the upswing in recent years and a bit like Patrick Piuze, I always appreciate my visit here--not only because of the quality of the wines, but because Fabien Moreau always gives me a candid view of the vintage. (NM)  (8/2016)

94 points Vinous

 Smoky silex and wet stone aromas are complicated by piquant citrus high notes and a subtle yeasty element. Large-scaled, intense and structured, showing a distinctly crisp character for its richness thanks to penetrating lemony acidity. The Moreaus' organic viticulture makes for relatively low pHs (3.2 in this 2014) but the acidity here is only 4.0 grams. Still, this vibrant, complete Chablis is built for the long haul.  (7/2016)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.
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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.