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