Clau de Nell

Loire, France

Cuvée Violette, Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon, Anjou AOC – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Cultivation: Demeter Certified Biodynamic. Biodynamic practices include infusions and plant decoctions applied to the vineyards depending on the lunar calendar. Other vineyard practives include covering vine stock with soil in autumn, plowing-down in spring, tilling and allowing natural grass to grow between the rows.
    • Size: 1 hectare (2.47 acres)
    • Vine Age: Cabernet Franc 40 years, Cabernet Sauvignon 60 years
    • Soil: Silty-clay terroir, consisting of sandstone grit and red flint on tuffeau (limestone)
    • Training: Gobelet system of spur pruning
  • Vintage Report

    • Hand-picked when fully ripened in 12-kilogram (26.5 pounds) crates, sorting at the vineyard parcel

    • Yields: 33 hectoliters/hectare (2.4 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Destemmed harvest is fermented using native yeast; 20-day maceration without extraction, gentle cap-punching, limited pump-overs, infusion techniques, at temperatures between 18° to 25°C (64.4° to 77°F)
      Pressing: Slow and gentle pressing in a pneumatic press
      Barrel Aging: 18 months on fine lees in 5-year-old Burgundy casks in troglodyte cellars cut into the limestone hillside
      Blending and Bottling: Depending upon the characteristics of the vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon is added to the final cuvée; bottled without filtration or fining on a (biodynamic) fruit day.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Cases Imported: 250 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml