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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

From the estate created by the late Anne-Claude Leflaive of Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy, this wine is beautifully structured, perfumed and ripe. Smoky tannins link with generous berry fruits to give a wine that is still aging and deserves more time. Drink from 2022.

Roger Voss, July 2020
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Clau de Nell
Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

This biodynamic estate was started in 2008 by Anne-Claude Leflaive and continued by her husband, Christian Jacques. But its history is the soil they recognized as perfect for excellent Chenin Blanc. This wine captures intense fruit and lemon and almond flavors, with a touch of oxidation that opens everything up. Drink this still-young wine from 2022.

Roger Voss, July 2020
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Clau de Nell
Cuvée Violette, Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon, Anjou AOC — 2017

Wine Enthusiast
94 Points

While this perfumed wine from the Anne-Claude Leflaive Loire estate still has a firm tannic structure, it revels in its rich black fruits. Cabernet Franc is prominent in the biodynamically grown blend, layering spiciness into the ripe tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. Wait until at least 2022 to drink this wine.

Roger Voss, July 2020
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Clau de Nell
Grolleau, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire — 2017

Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

It is rare to find a red wine made from Grolleau, which is normally used for rosés. However, this rich, structured wine with funky aromas and dense tannins shows the grape's aptitude for red. From biodynamically grown grapes, the wine is worth aging more. Drink from 2022.

Roger Voss, July 2020
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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Rubbery, reduced, powerfully fruity nose. Lots of aromatic volume here, giving menthol, nettle and black cherry. Soft structure, very expressive flavour.

Richard Hemming MW, January 2019
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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2015

Wine & Spirits
92 Points

This shares the glorious ripeness of Clau de Nell’s 2015 Vin de Loire Grolleau (also recommended here). Its scents of black cherry and violet fill the mouth in a burst of freshness, clean and lasting. Tannins keep it earthbound, grounded in youthful black-pepper spice. Cellar it, and the tannins and fruit will merge into something beautiful.

April 2019
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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
16 Points

Interesting cornichon topnote on sufficiently ripe fruit and just slightly dry sensation on the end. But no offputting mousiness. A proper lively, light red. This tastes healthy! (

Jancis Robinson, November 2016
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Clau de Nell
Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP – 2015

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Biodyamically grown on grés and red silex. Wonderfully expressive combination of fruit, acidity and the grip of the terroir. Super pure. Very linear and suave. Long and admirable. Acacia honey and green apples. Should continue to develop for many a long year. Needs food at this point. Lots to chew on. Very persistent. Severe, in the very best way.

Jancis Robinson, May 2017
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Clau de Nell
Grolleau, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
16.5 Points

Healthy crimson. Spicy and dense with a really rigorously dry finish and no shortage of tannins. The merest hint of horse. Uncompromising – a bit like the late Anne-Claude Leflaive who founded this domaine. Rather admirable – and very very French. I think Alice Feiring might love this.

Jancis Robinson, September 2019
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Clau de Nell
Grolleau, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire – 2015

Wine & Spirits
93 Points

This was a struggling biodynamic vineyard that attracted the attention of Anne-Claude Leflaive and her husband, Christian Jacques; they purchased it in 2008. Leflaive has since passed away, but the couple had hired Sylvain Potin, who continues to farm the Demeter certified property. The grolleau vines range from 60 to 90 years old, growing in silty clay over tuffeau, and the ripe fruit of the 2015 took this wine to a friendly sort of beauty from what is often a gruff grape...

April 2019
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Clau de Nell
Grolleau, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire – 2014

JancisRobinson.com
16 Points

From vines aged 60 to 90 years on grés and red silex on tuffeau. Ambient yeast and aged for 11 months on fine lees in tronconic cask. Bottled in September 2015. Firm taffeta fruit on the front palate and more fruity appeal than its Cabernet stablemates. Quite satisfying on the finish. Very different!

Jancis Robinson, November 2016
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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

Two-thirds Cabernet Franc and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon have created a richly structured, deliciously perfumed wine. The tannins and ripe black fruits are just beginning to soften in this wine from the Lefaivre Loire estate's biodynamic grapes. Drink from 2021.

Roger Voss, July 2020
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Clau de Nell
Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

This wine is approaching maturity. Ripe apple and almond flavors have softened and opened up, giving intensity. Biodynamically grown grapes bring all their flavors together in a beautiful wine, created by Anne-Claude Lefaive and continued by husband, Christian Jacques, in her memory. It can be drunk now but will be better from 2021.

Roger Voss, July 2020
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Clau de Nell
Grolleau, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
90 Points

A rare red Grolleau, this wine has earthy aromas that lead to black fruits and firm tannins. Produced from biodynamically grown grapes, the wine still has rich potential. Drink from 2021.

Roger Voss, July 2020
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Clau de Nell
Cuvée Violette, Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon, Anjou AOC – 2016

Wine Spectator
91 Points

This shows cassis, cedar and black pepper notes, fueled by vibrant acidity and imparting lovely freshness. A very elegant red, with lots of character, this is well-crafted and harmonious. The finish shows a bit of a grip. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2026.

Aleks Zecevic, November 15, 2019
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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2016

Wine Spectator
90 Points

A very charming version, with tobacco leaf and oregano notes framing the core of dark cherry and mulberry, while spice details glide along the edges. Well-integrated tannins provide support, creating good balance overall. Drink now through 2024.

Aleks Zecevic, November 15, 2019
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Clau de Nell
Cuvée Violette, Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon, Anjou AOC – 2015

Wine Spectator
91 Points

A bit tight and grippy, but has a beautiful flavor profile ranging from blackberry and cassis flavors to olive, bay leaf and tobacco notes. Loamy earth details emerge midpalate, as well as the fresh acidity, which provides balance and support. Give this some time to integrate. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

James Molesworth, May 31, 2019
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Clau de Nell
Cuvée Violette, Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon, Anjou AOC – 2014

Wine Spectator
90 points

“Dark and grippy in feel, with smoldering tobacco and bay leaf notes along with worn leather and humus accents, all mixed with a core of dark cherry and black currant fruit. Fresh acidity drives the finish, providing lift and cut.”
James Molesworth, June 30, 2017
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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2014

Wine Spectator
90 points

"A gutsy style, with a bolt of smoldering tobacco leading the way, followed by a mix of dark cherry and currant fruit, bay leaf, tapenade and humus notes. Fresh acidity drives the finish, and this should mellow nicely with some modest cellaring."
James Molesworth, June 30, 2017
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Clau de Nell
Chenin Blanc, Les Fontenelles, Val de Loire IGP – 2014

Wine Spectator
90 points

"Ripe and detailed, with a core of yellow apple, quince and melon flavors, inlaid with racy white ginger, honeysuckle and verbana notes. The lightly toasted finish lets the fruit and cut play out."
James Molesworth, June 15, 2017
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