|Grape/Varietal : Cabernet Franc , Cabernet Sauvignon||Color : Red|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Loire, Anjou||ABV : 12.5%|
|Vintage : 2013||Natural Factor: Demeter|
The story of Clau de Nell is one of timing and serendipity. In 2006, Anne-Claude Leflaive – winemaker and owner of the famed Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy – had just established a marketing company to promote and communicate the benefits of biodynamic agriculture and viticulture. While touring biodynamically farmed vineyards in the Loire Valley, she discovered Domaine Clau de Nell. The owners of the estate, Claude and Nelly Pichard were young winemakers who had rapidly established themselves as the “rising stars” of the region. Unfortunately, financial circumstances prevented the couple from producing wines and in 2008, Anne-Claude and her husband Christian Jacques bought the centuries-old Domaine.
In 2009, estate manager Sylvain Potin was hired. He keeps yields at the Domaine low (less than 30 h/h). Harvest is done by hand. The fruit is destemmed prior to cuvaison, which lasts for 20-30 days. The goal is not extraction but proper flavor development – the caps are gently punched down and pump overs are kept to a minimum. The wines age for 18 months in five year old Burgundy oak casks in the estate's centuries old limestone cellar. The wines are bottled unfined, unfiltered on a fruit day, as defined by the biodynamic calendar. Domaine Clau de Nell is part of the prestigious Renaissance des Appellations association and is Demeter certified as 100% biodynamic.
This Cuvee Violette 2013 is a velvet-textured blend of cabernet franc from 40-year-old vines and cabernet sauvignon from 60-year-old vines. It ripens well on the body to figgy richness and plummy sweetness without losing its bright edge of acidity. A complex wine which will age well over the years also. Highly recommended
Pairs Well With:
Glazed rack of lamb with spiced red onions & potatoes
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