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11 High-Quality, Low-Alcohol Wines to Keep Things Light

11 High-Quality, Low-Alcohol Wines to Keep Things Light

Wines that are lower in alcohol are well-suited for a variety of situations, including as a perfect lunch time sipper or to help stay focused during a socially-distanced, intense board game night. White wines have less alcohol than reds, but even they frequently approach and surpass 13% alcohol by volume (abv). And, with our ever-warming climate, red wines tend to get boozier every year, sometimes going as high as 18% abv. These 11 wines are low on alcohol, topping out at just 12% abv, yet still packed with flavor. ... Clau de Nell 2017 Grolleau (Val de Loire); $62, 91 points. It is...
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12/4/20
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The Perfect Wine Tasting Pairing for Your Holiday Meals

The Perfect Wine Tasting Pairing for Your Holiday Meals

We spoke to both Coravin and Giselle Sigala, Wine & Spirits Specialist at Chelsea Wine Vault, for expert advice on wine pairings this holiday season. BY GEAR PATROL STUDIOS NOV 10, 2020 Dish: Classic Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce Chelsea Wine Vault Pairing: Clau de Nell Grolleau 2014 "Switch up the usual Beaujolais wine pairing this November with Clau de Nell’s biodynamic Grolleau, a local variety of the Loire Valley which exudes notes of tart cherry, raspberry compote, and black plum." - GS Full article here  
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11/10/20
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Clau de Nell: Biodynamic & Aged in Troglodyte Caves

Clau de Nell: Biodynamic & Aged in Troglodyte Caves

“Near the city of Saumur, France, you’ll find the highest concentration of troglodyte dwellings in the Loire Valley. Dug into the soft tuffeau that resides just below the topsoil, many of these cave homes are the result of quarries used to mine the building blocks of the area’s famous château. While tourists to the area have their eyes fixated on these decadent castles, the troglodytes offer a hidden appeal that’s literally just below the surface: converted inns, restaurants, art galleries, and in many cases, wine cellars. “I bring all of this up because of Clau de Nell, an excellent producer of Cabernet Franc (and...
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Kevin Day, December 17, 2015
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Clau de Nell

Clau de Nell

"Significant financial difficulties and a call for aid from the previous proprietors brought the property to Anne-Claude Leflaive’s attention. In 2006, Anne-Claude and her husband, Christian Jacques, had created a company to help new biodynamic wine growers take advantage of their established commercial network. In order to assist the struggling venture, in 2008 they purchased the domaine, which had not produced any wine for three years due to lack of means. It was a moment of serendipity for the abandoned vineyards and the Leflaive-Jacques family, culminating with the arrival of Sylvain Potin in 2009, well-versed in biodynamic viticulture, to be...
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Joe D'Angelo, January, 2015
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16 Diverse Wines from France

16 Diverse Wines from France

"If you’re looking for a diverse mix of varieties spread over dozens of appellations, it’s hard to beat the Loire Valley.... "Leading the way is a new project from Burgundy-based vigneron Anne-Claude Leflaive. Leflaive’s Clau de Nell label debuts with three reds, including a rare Grolleau bottling, of which she has just 5 acres of vines planted. It shows pretty tobacco and pepper notes on an elegant frame—a stark contrast to her Anjou bottling, which blends Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon to show a little more depth and flesh." To read more, click here. 
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James Molesworth, September 26, 2014
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Clau de Nell: Anne-Claude Leflaive’s New Red Wines From the Loire

Clau de Nell: Anne-Claude Leflaive’s New Red Wines From the Loire

ST. HELENA, CA (August 28, 2013) – Wilson Daniels is introducing to the U.S. market the latest project from famed Burgundy producer Anne-Claude Leflaive: an exciting new Loire Valley winery called Clau de Nell. Anne-Claude and her husband Christian Jacques acquired the winery and surrounding vineyards in 2008, bringing with them the passion for biodynamic viticulture and high winemaking standards that have placed Domaine Leflaive among the very top ranks of Burgundy producers. This gem of a property, consisting of nearly 20 contiguous acres, a winery and limestone “troglodyte” wine caves, lies in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley,...
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August 28, 2013
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