Les Clos 2013 MAGNUM
A wine of a golden, limpid brilliance with a nose upright intensity full of aromas of peach, pear and oyster shell. The mouth feel is strong, consistent, pure, generous and complex with is supported by a crystal clear clean minerality. The finish is persistent and prolongs the fullness of the flavours.
Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Wine
Les Clos is the largest and most widely known of the seven climats of the Chablis Grand Cru white wine appellation. It covers a single, southwest-facing slope above the town of Chablis itself, and is planted exclusively to the Chardonnay grape variety. Chablis Les Clos wines are generally more powerful and intense than the other Grand Crus, and are often associated with ripe stonefruit, orange peel and honey. With a tendency to be more closed in their youth than those from the other climats, they are famous for their long-term aging potential, showing a balance between power and finesse.
The 66-acre (27ha) vineyard is situated at the southern end of the Grand Cru hill, between the similarly revered Valmur climat and the less-famous Blanchots site. It rises sharply and uniformly from the valley floor to the hilltop above, creating one of the most homogenous terroirs on the Grand Cru hill, and thus the most consistent wines.
The aspect of Les Clos – facing toward the southwest – has long been considered one of the vineyard's most important traits. The vines are in full view of the intense afternoon sunshine that affords good ripening opportunities, ensuring there are optimum levels of sugars and phenols in the grapes prior to harvest. This is tempered by the cool of north Burgundy, and so this ripeness never comes at the expense of the fresh, racy acidity that Chablis wines are famous for. Les Clos Grand Cru wines are arguably the best example of this balance in Chablis.
The Les Clos vineyard has white, stony soil with high levels of limestone and clay, providing a well-drained site that is perfect for viticulture. This soil is derived from the Kimmeridgian marl that underlies much of Chablis, a relic from an ancient sea which once covered northern France (evidenced by the thousands of fossilized oyster shells found in the vineyard). The soil's rapid drainage means that vines have to reach deep into the limestone for water. This is often considered the reason for the intense minerality in Les Clos wines.
The Les Clos Grand Cru vineyard is usually credited as the best in the region, and it is widely believed that this was the first vineyard planted in Chablis. Its name is derived from the walls that originally surrounded the vineyard – clos being French for "enclosed area".
|A.O.C controlled designation of origin||Chablis Grand Cru is the appellation for the highest-quality dry white wines|
|Grape variety||100% chardonnay.|
|Terroir||Limestone kimméridgien: alternation of blue clay and fossil limestone layer.|
|Vineyard||Chardonnays plantés dans les années 90.|
|Exposure||Exposition plein Sud pente de 15 à 30%|
|Vine growing||Démarche Haute Valeur Environnementale H.V.E.|
|Harvest||Récolte à maturité optimale, tri, égrappage, pressurage pneumatique.|
|Winemaking||The winemaking is carried out in stainless steel vats. The natural fermentations are controlled at low temperatures.|
|Breeding||L’élevage est effectué durant 12 à 18 mois sur lies fines en cuve inox avant filtration et mise en bouteille.|
|Aging||10 years and more|
|Service||Serve chilled but not cold (12 ° C).|
|Aspect||A wine of a golden, limpid brilliance|
|Nose||Nose upright intensity full of aromas of peach, pear and oyster shell.|
|Mouth||The mouth feel is strong, consistent, pure, generous and complex with is supported by a crystal clear clean minerality. The finish is persistent and prolongs the fullness of the flavours.|
|Accords||Serve with langoustine, grilled lobster or fish or chicken in creamy sauces and truffles.|
|Gault et Millau||Chablis Grand cru Les Clos : 16/20|
|Tim Atkin Master of Wine||93/100|
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