Le Clos des Hospices, a vineyard that produces Grand Cru Les Clos-appellated wines, has been owned exclusively by the Moreau family since it was purchased by Christian’s grandfather in 1904. The parcel of land, named for the old Chablis hospital (Chablis hospice) faces south, and benefits from soil rich in kimmeridgien marl and dense white clay.
Fruit is hand-harvested in small trays to avoid crushing, sorted by hand, and pressed in a gentle pneumatic press. Following a slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel, the wine is aged in French oak barrels (largely second or third-use) for four months and in bottle for 12.
The 2020 vintage is not yet rated, but the 2019 received the following:
“The 2019 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru Clos des Hospices comes from 45- to 60-year-old vines that yielded 40hl this year, and is matured in a mixture of 1- to 4-year-old barrels. It has a gorgeous bouquet of honeysuckle, yellow flowers, crushed stone and light quince aromas. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and crisp, with touches of almond and dried honey toward the persistent finish. Superb.”
93-95 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, Sept 2020