Cabernet Franc

Anjou-Saumur

Clau de Nell

The vineyards at Clau de Nell have been cultivated biodynamically since 2000. A...

period of financial difficulty led the previous proprietors to seek help from the late Anne-Claude Leflaive and her husband, Christian Jacques. In 2008, the Leflaive-Jacques family purchased Clau de Nell, which at the time had not produced any wine for three years. Since then, Clau de Nell has enjoyed a successful revival with ex-sommelier Sylvain Potin making the wine and Christian running the domaine.

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Vineyards

The domaine is situated in Anjou and is comprised of red varieties, planted on a south-facing knoll at 90 metres altitude. The vines range in age from 30 to 90 years old and are low yielding (on average 25 hl/ha). There are five hectares of Cabernet Franc.

Vintage Information

2013 had a long, drawn out growing season resulting in the latest harvest dates for 20 years or more. Temperatures were mild in winter with average rainfall. A fairly cold spring ensued, with fortunately two warm days at the end of April that prompted budburst. Flowering took place during June and hot temperatures followed in summer which accelerated ripening. The Cabernet Franc was harvested on 21st October.

Vinification

All the grapes are hand harvested and 100% destemmed. Fermentation is carried out using indigenous yeasts in oak barrels with gentle punch downs. The wines are then aged for 18 months in old barrels purchased from Domaine Leflaive. The wines are bottled without fining or filtration on fruit days, according to the biodynamic calendar. Minimal sulphur dioxide is used because Sylvain says he likes his wine to taste clean and ‘like wine’.

Tasting Notes

Clau de Nell’s Cabernet Franc is forward with berry fruit, floral spice, fine tannins and fresh acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Cabernet Franc
Region Anjou-Saumur, Loire
Winemaker Sylvain Potin
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Wine pH 3.36