Anjou `Cuvée Violette`

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 8.5 hectares 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, two hectares of the native Grolleau and one hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon. They planted 1.5 hectares of Chenin Blanc in 2012 and the first vintage, 2015, will be released later this year.

Vintage Information

2014 was a good vintage for Clau de Nell. The weather was dry, sunny with constant temperatures. Good flowering in June was followed by perfect hot sunny days during July and August, with rainfall to ensure sufficient water for the vines. Adequate sunshine during September, allowed the grapes to ripen and harvest took place during the second week of 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

The Cuvée Violette is a blend of 67% Cabernet Franc and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is excellently structured, with dark fruits, firm tannins and a lifted finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 67% Cabernet Franc
33% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Anjou-Saumur, Loire
Winemaker Sylvain Potin
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Wine pH 3.67