2016 Domaine Christian Moreau "Les Clos" Chablis Grand Cru

SKU #1385329 96 points James Suckling

 This has an array of fruits from citrus to white and yellow peaches. More tropical mangoes and papaya with wet stony mineral nuances follow afterwards. The palate’s very expansive and expressive, but it is pinned together with a core of bright fine acidity and a very concentrated rich serving of fruit flesh. Delicious now, but it will age well beyond 2025.  (8/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a rich wine, even from the normally austere Les Clos vineyard. Minerality is here, but it is surrounded by sumptuous ripe white fruits that have intense youthful acidity. It is a great wine that needs to age further, so drink from 2021.  (6/2018)

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Slightly hazy medium yellow. Totally different from the preceding wines, showing pronounced notes of lime, crushed rock and anise. A step up in intensity and pitch too, showing energetic, sappy flavors of white peach, salty stony minerality and white pepper. This very pure wine boasts refined tannins and terrific finishing energy. (ST-Vinous)  (8/2017)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again discreet wood influence serves as a relatively neutral backdrop for the well-layered aromas of rose petal, petrol, mineral reduction, dried apricot and white peach. The sleek and beautifully refined medium weight plus flavors exhibit more minerality and almost as much power that really comes up on the balanced, focused and strikingly long finish. This exceptionally rich and citrusy effort is a very impressive 2016.  (10/2018)

92 points Vinous

 The 2016 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru has a tightly wound bouquet with crushed stone, linseed oil and light beeswax aromas, the latter becoming more and more pronounced with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, fresh and taut with a grippy, saline finish that suggests it will require two or three years to find its complete harmony. (NM)  (8/2018)

91 points Decanter

 Deliciously opulent with bright yellow plum aromas and fresh peach and apricot fruit held aloft by fabulous mineral and salty lime backbone.  (6/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos reveals aromas of lemon oil, waxy citrus rind, nutmeg and subtle new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, textural and chalky, with good depth and chewy extract, but without the completeness and dimension of a great vintage. It's a Clos that will drink well with just a year or two of bottle age. Fabien Moreau presides over this 11.5-hectare domaine—including fully six hectares of grand cru—that has been certified organic since 2010. The Chablis AOC is the only cuvée where the domaine's holdings are supplemented by some purchased grapes. Hand harvesting followed by fermentation and élevage on the lees in a mixture of stainless steel, used barrels and new barrels is the order of the day here, with some of the higher appellations seeing up to 10% new oak. Concentrated and keenly balanced, it's an impressive range; but for those that are averse to the flavors and aromas of new oak in Chablis—the present writer included—a few years' bottle age is essential to allow the wines to digest their wood component. (WK)  (8/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Peach, yellow plum and melon aromas and flavors mark this round, vibrant white. Harmonious, lingering with tangy plum skin and lime notes. Drink now through 2024. (BS)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

94 points Tim Atkin (MW): "Unusually, I prefer this to the more expensive Clos des Hospices bottling in 2016. It’s quite a broad, powerful style - you could easily mistake it for a Meursault - but there’s enough acidity to balance the rich, leesy, spicy palate. An unusual style of Les Clos with just a whiff of iodine bringing you back to Chablis. 2019-24." (1/2018)


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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.
Country:

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.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13