Clau de Nell

Loire, France

Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2015

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Soil: Silty-clay terroir, consisting of sandstone grit and red flint on tuffeau (limestone)

      Surface area: 5 hectares (12.35 acres)

      Age of vines: 40 years

  • Vintage Report

    • The climatic conditions were very beneficial for the vine, fostering the quality of the grapes. From April, it was hot and wet enough for good vegetative growth. In June, the flowering went well, quickly and under the sun. The dry season in July encouraged entry into the ripening phase, and then the rain in August revived the functioning of the vine, allowing it to continue its maturation.

      Harvest

      Cabernet Franc harvested October 2-10, hand-picked in 12-kilogram (26-pound) boxes and sorted in the vineyard

      Yields: 37 hectoliters/hectare (14.97 acres)

  • Vinification

    • Destemmed grapes were fermented using native yeasts; average of 30 days maceration without extraction; gentle cap punching; limited pump-overs; and infusion techniques at temperatures of 18 C to 25 C (64 F to 77 F). Slow and gentle pressing in a pneumatic press.

      Maturing
      Eighteen months on fine lees in French oak casks used five times previously; aged in ancient troglodyte cellars cut into the limestone hillside on the property

      Bottling
      Bottled without filtration or fining on March 20, 2017, a “fruit day”