Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos 2008
Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos 2008
from Chablis, France
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
#59 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
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.
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"Aromas of citrus blossom and chalk dust lead into lemon, vanilla, peach and mineral in this elegant, yet powerful white. Really expressive of place, this evolves across the palate, cascading into a long aftertaste of citrus and mineral. There's a fine seashore intensity. Best from 2013 through 2030."
"A combination of fresh lemon, fusil, crushed chalk and white truffle in the nose of the Moreau 2008 Chablis Les Clos puts me in mind a bit of 1996, with musky narcissus and peony adding seductive intrigue. But there is a silken texture and a succulent generosity of white peach to accompany the bright lemon and grapefruit that would not have been present in many 1996s. Indeed, this is munificent by the standards of its site, vintage, and compared with previous wines I have tasted from the Moreau domaine. But beyond all the animal, floral, and sweetly-fruited depth present (at under 13% alcohol, it should be noted), there is all the cut and clarity, and all the saturation of chalk, salt, and iodine that one could wish for under the rubric of “minerality.” Peach kernel and citrus rind add piquancy to an expansive and sustained finish. This will be worth following for at least ten or a dozen years; and here’s hoping it will still stand erect when the roll is called two decades from now. A small portion of the wine – which I did not taste – had been bottled only a few weeks before my visit, but the majority, including the bottle I sampled, had been bottled along with the rest of the Moreau 2008 crus, in September."
The Wine Advocate
"Rich and concentrated wine, with apricot and peach fruit as well as a tight mineral character. This is a wine for aging, its rich fruits bolstered by an impressive integration with the toast, smoothing and rounding the whole wine. "
"Pale yellow-gold. Reticent, pure aromas of lime peel, lemon, almond flower and minerals. Deceptively open in the way of Les Clos owing to its sheer suavity, fine-grained texture and balance, hinting at citrus oil. Deep and broad yet almost magically weightless ("this could make a good aperitif right now," notes Christian Moreau), finishing with excellent length and class. As with the Vaillon Guy Moreau, this wine's creamy quality is amplified by the fact that it finished with about two grams per liter of residual sugar."
International Wine Cellar
"Here the nose is also distinctly cool and admirably pure with notes of fresh acacia blossom, mildly exotic yellow fruit and crushed stone notes that complement the equally mineral-suffused middle weight flavors that possess superb intensity and stunning length where the finish really coats the palate with dry extract. Terrific."
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Just a beautiful bottle of wine. A little more complex then typical chablis wines, but very much appreciated. I guess I should have anticipated this in a Grand Cru. Served at a dinner party paired with baked mustard chicken and spinach. Everyone raved and savored this wine all evening. Very sorry it'no longer available, I would like to have acquired more.
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