Clau de Nell

Loire, France

Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP — 2019

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Soil: Silty-clay terroir, consisting of sandstone grit and red flint on tuffeau (limestone)

      Age of Vines: Planted in 2012

      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.

  • Vintage Report

    • The warm temperature in the summer put some pressure on the vine and despite good rain in the winter, the reserve was low and maturation slowed down. The naturally high acid level of the Chenin Blanc allowed it to maintain great freshness when came harvest producing wine with deep concentration and an ideal balance for aging.

    • Yields: 26 hectoliters/hectare (less than 2 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Whole cluster, slowly and gently pressed in a pneumatic press. Cold settling followed by long fermentation with native yeast in 5 year old oak barrels from Burgundy.

      Aging: Twelve months on fine lees in French oak, 5 vintage old casks. Aged in ancient troglodyte cellars cut into the limestone hillside on the property and then 6 months in stainless steel vat.

      Bottling: Bottled without filtration or fining on May 11 2021 a “fruit” day

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc



  • Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP — 2019 – Wine Spectator – 91 Points

    “A flattering, modern-styled Chenin, with toasty oak, salty butter and pie crust bringing richness to quince, pear and lemon rind. Powered by zesty acidity, this gains good balance from a vibrant beam of mineral and almond shell bitterness.”