2015 Domaine Christian Moreau "Les Clos - Clos des Hospices" Chablis Grand Cru

SKU #1332748 96 points Decanter

 From one hectare within Les Clos. Firm, rather closed nose, with a touch of oak. Rich, imposing, very concentrated and taut. Nutty and mineral on the palate, with some bracing austerity. Fine balance and potential, with a very long refined finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2032. (SB)  (2/2017)

95 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Clos des Hospices is an outstanding wine in the making. This is the wine produced from a one hectare parcel in Les Clos that the Moreau family purchased from the Hospices in 1904 and which they have always kept separate from their other holdings in the grand cru. The vines were destroyed in the frost of 1985 and had to be replanted in 1988, and like the “regular” Les Clos, this was fifty percent barrel-fermented and includes two percent new wood. This sample was from tank, as nothing has been bottled yet of the 2015. The wine shows a lovely nose of lemon, tangerine, flinty, crystalline minerality, white flowers, lime peel and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with a superb core, laser-like focus and a very long, racy finish. Fine, fine juice.  (8/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos des Hospices has a clean and precise bouquet, focused with touches of lychee and pink grapefruit, perhaps not quite as mineral-driven as the 2014. The palate is well balanced with mango and dried pineapple on the entry, the oak neatly assimilated with a harmonious and tensile finish that feels tightly coiled. Give this 5-6 years if you can in bottle, because there is marvelous energy and tension. (NM)  (8/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A crystal-clear Chablis, boasting white peach, apple, seashore, spice and lime blossom aromas and flavors. Though young, this is complex and harmonious, with a firm, intense aftertaste. (BS)  (5/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Bright light yellow. Deeper and riper on the nose than the "classic" Clos, dominated by yellow stone fruits (these vines are situated at the base of the hill, where there's more clay in the soil). Then fatter and sweeter on the palate too, showing more apricot than citrus fruits, as well as an oak element. Quite different from the other Clos but tactile, dusty and solid, finishing with outstanding salty persistence. For a fleshy Chablis, this shows compelling inner-mouth tension but it's less spiky and reduced than the classic Clos and should be approachable earlier. (ST)  (8/2017)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a .41 ha parcel located at the bottom of the hill in Les Clos). The oak regime is more evident but otherwise this is relatively similar to the nose of the regular cuvée with perhaps a bit more mineral reduction character. There is even better punch to the dense, powerful and sappy broad-shouldered flavors that culminate in a notably dry if slightly warm finish. This isn’t classic but it’s certainly a very good 2015.  (10/2017)

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13