Cabernet Franc Clau de Nell 2018
Cabernet Franc Clau de Nell 2018
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Cabernet Franc Clau de Nell 2018

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Cabernet Franc under the appellation of Anjou comes from a 5 hectare vineyard with 40/45 years old vines grown in Guyot on clayey and red silex sandstone soil on tuff. Manual harvesting and destemming on sorting table. Soft and gentle pressing with pneumatic press. Maceration for 20 days with indigenous yeasts. No extraction and light pigeage and pumping over. Controlled temperature between 18 and 25 C. Elevage of 18 months on the fine lees in Bordeaux barriques of at least five passages inside the owned troglodyte caves. Bottling without filtration or clarification according to the lunar calendar.

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Clau de Nell

Clau de Nell

In the period between 2006 and 2008 Anne Claude Leflaive habitually frequented the Loire vineyard in order to disseminate and promote biodynamic culture and Steiner's philosophical principles, and it was during a visit to the estate of Clau de Nell that the decision to run matured in economic aid of the Domaine which at the time was in difficult economic conditions even if it rested on an agronomic and vineyard heritage of great integrity and environmental value. At the end of 2008, Anne Claude and her husband Christian Jacques finally purchased the estate, entrusting the guide to their friend Sylvain Potin who had been active in the Loire as a sommelier up until then, as if he wanted to work immediately in the management of the vineyards, having as a priority a final result in the stylistically unexceptionable glass to be reached however through the most intransigent principles of respect for natural processes. In 2011 the lands of "Clos des Noyers" and "La Perre '" were added to the vineyards of the old Clau de Nell with old vineyards of Cabernet Franc, Grolleau and Cabernet Sauvignon in order to start cultivating Chenin blanc. In 2013 Clau de Nell became a member of the "Reinassance des Appellations" association and increased the storage of wines in other troglodyte caves in its subsoil to optimize the conditions of elevation and refinement of the wines. On Easter Monday of 2015 Anne Claude is missing and from that moment the youngest daughter Claire actively enters the management of the Domaine. We find the sequel of the story in the glass and it is an exciting expression of Anjou's terroir ...

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