Clau de Nell

Loire, France

Chenin Blanc, Les Fontenelles, Val de Loire IGP – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vine Age: 22 years
    • Soil: Hard limestone of Jurassic type, stony soil of the plateau of Brossay
  • Vintage Report

    • Winter started with mild temperatures and low precipitation causing the blooming cycle to start early in the spring. March and April were unusually warm, leading to an early budbreak around April 10th. The growth slowed down in May as temperatures lowered and rainfall increased. June saw an increase in temperature and low amounts of rain. Flowering began around June 10th. Regular conditions in July and August created the perfect environment for the vine’s growth. The canopy and clusters developed well and rapidly under good conditions. The grapes reached great maturity thanks to a warm month of September. The harvest took place in idyllic condition without rain and pleasant temperatures.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 25th and 26th
    • Yields: 20 hectoliters/hectare (1.48 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Pruning: Guyot Mixte pruning system
      Cultivation: Covering the vine stock with soil in autumn, plowing-down in spring, tilling
      and allowing natural grass to grow between the rows; biodynamic practices include
      infusions and plant decoctions applied to the vineyards according to the lunar calendar.
      DEMETER Certified 100% Biodynamic.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc



  • Chenin Blanc, Les Fontenelles, Val de Loire IGP – 2014 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    "Ripe and detailed, with a core of yellow apple, quince and melon flavors, inlaid with racy white ginger, honeysuckle and verbana notes. The lightly toasted finish lets the fruit and cut play out."