Clau de Nell

Loire, France

Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP – 2017

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Cultivation: Covering the vine stock with soil in autumn, plowing-down in spring, tilling and allowing natural grass to grow between the rows; biodynamic practices include infusions and plant decoctions applied to the vineyards according to the lunar calendar. DEMETER Certified 100% Biodynamic.
    • Soil: Silty-clay terroir, consisting of sandstone grit and red flint on tuffeau (limestone) Age of vines: 6 years
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): Chenin Blanc harvested from September 17 - 20, hand-picked in 12-kilogram (26-pound) boxes and sorted in the vineyard
    • Yields: 26 hectoliters/hectare (≈2 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Whole cluster, slowly and gently pressed in a pneumatic press. Cold settling followed by long fermentation with native yeast in aged oak barrel from Burgundy.

      Pruning: Guyot Mixte pruning system

    • Aging: 12 months on fine lees in French oak casks, aged in ancient troglodyte cellars cut into the limestone hillside on the property, followed by six months in a stainless steel vat.
    • Bottled: Bottled without filtration or fining on April 30 a “flower day”
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc