Clau de Nell

Loire, France

Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP — 2020

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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.

    • Cultivation: Demeter certified 100% Biodynamic
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): Manual in 12 kg boxes, sorting on the plot at optimal maturity from September 11 to 16
    • Yields: 40 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-year-old casks. Aged in ancient troglodyte cellars cut into the limestone hillside on the property and then 6 months in a stainless steel vat.

    • Bottled: After a light filtration bottling took place on a “fruit” day on May 10, 2022
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc



  • Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP — 2020 – Vinous – 90 Points

    '"The 2020 Chenin Blanc is rich, full and concentrated with very ripe flavors of peach and tropical-like fruit including mango meeting well-integrated vanilla and oak-derived flavors. The wine's fullness and supple texture as well as rounded shoulders have been shaped by fermentation in barrel as well as 12 months resting on lees. But it isn't blowsy, while maintaining focus. There is a little niggle in that the alcohol (14.5%) gives a warming sensation, somewhat kicking out the balance and clipping the finish, otherwise the score would be higher. An ambitious, carefully made wine"

  • Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP — 2020 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    "This elegant, distinctive wine brings together apple, spice, salt and earth elements. Broad and open on the palate, with pie crust and salted browned butter. Builds in chalky mineral energy, bringing poise and balance. Shows impressive range and tension, with a pronounced saline theme resounding through the medium-length finish."