Le Clos 2014

Vintage of contradictions

Although the catastrophic hail of 28th June has not affected Moulin-à-Vent vineyards, Nature has changed her mood throughout the season. 2014 is above all a very hot (the hottest since 1959, equal to 2003) and rainy year. The vintage seemed very precocious with an early April bud burst and a very fast flowering. However, the summer coolness has obliterated this advance and ripening period started slowly at the end of July. Despite this weather alterations, maturation took place under good conditions, notably thanks to a record rate of sun exposure, just after 2009 and 2011. A warm and dry September compensated a fresh and humid August, enabling an ideal final ripening thanks to saving winds. The quality of this vintage is the fruit of a drastic double sorting, both in vineyards and in the winery.

Harvests at Domaine Labruyère started on 11th September under a beautiful blue sky, a warm sun and with very low humidity level. We picked up healthy, juicy, sweet grapes. 2014 can already be seen as an amazing vintage with a bright and velvety juice, great maturity close to 2011 and its freshness ensuring balance and great ageing potential.

Terroir

Unique Monopole of the Appellation, this 2.3 acres (0,92 hectares) vineyard is perfectly located down the windmill, symbol of the Cru.

Based on a dry, hard, granitic soil, this unique terroir produces outstanding Gamay offering structured, mineral, long-lasting wines as iconic as the greatest French wines.

Grape Variety

100% Gamay

Planting Density

4 000 vines per acre / 10 000 vines per hectare

Average Age of Vines

70 years

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 25 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete vat, in order to isolate the parcel and to express the unique characteristics of its terroir.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is aged in oak barrels (10% new oak) for 12 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Bottles Produced

4800

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 25th January 2016)

Appearance: beautiful dark ruby red colour with purple reflections.

Nose: fine and elegant, delicate notes of blackberry and black fresh cherry featuring slightly spicy, toasty notes.

Palate: : powerful and ample on the palate with spicy notes notably pepper and liquorice, slightly roasted and black fruit flavours (black cherry). Rich tannins, spicy and mouth-watering persistent finish.

Ageing Potential: more than 15 years.

Le Clos 2013

What a little difference a year makes… After an arduous weather in 2012 we hoped for a serene 2013 vintage, but Nature decided otherwise!

After a cold and snowy winter, spring was relatively grey with rainy skies and very little sunshine – ideal conditions for mildew and the worst conditions for flowering which, in the event, was late.

By the end of May there was a delay in the growth cycle of almost 15 days versus an average year but good fortune finally was at hand with a very sunny summer which allowed the grapes to mature properly. The limited rain in September served as a catalyst for the grapes to reach full maturity and gain a little flesh. Thus quantities in 2013 are up a little on the historically small harvest of 2012.

Harvest at Domaine Labruyère started on 1st October under excellent conditions, cold and dry, with grapes coming in healthy and ripe. There has not been such a late harvest in the past two decades.  The wines are delicious, structured and dense with beautiful fruitiness.

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete vat, in order to isolate the parcel and to express the unique characteristics of its terroir.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is aged in oak barrels (10% new oak) for 15 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Bottles Produced

5404

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 24th March 2015)

Appearance: Beautiful and intense dark red colour with violet reflections.

Nose: Pronounced floral notes (rose and violet), reminiscent of menthol, liquorice and black fruits.

Palate: Dense and elegant with spicy notes and a touch of minerality, a terroir mark. Structured and complex with embracing and digestible tannins. Persistent and ample finish distinguished by its great finesse.

Ageing Potential: more than 15 years.

Le Clos 2012

2012:  Virtuoso Winemaker Vintage!

Throughout vine growth cycle, our vineyards underwent all caprices of nature: great fluctuations in temperature in spring, arduous flowering (coulure and millerandage), excess rainfalls, several violent storms, hail and heat. 2012 weather conditions showed that nature remains determining factor in winemaking, it is stronger than everything and this is for the best. Despite these climate hazards, heat in the second half of August enabled a fast veraison. Thanks to summer-like temperatures, good health conditions were preserved in the vineyards and grapes could reach their optimal maturity. Harvests at Domaine Labruyere started September 18th under a beautiful sunny weather. 2012 is a very low yield vintage but with high-quality fruits producing elegant, round and dense wines.

Le Clos 2012 LABRUYERE_Moulin à vent 2012 Monopole

Terroir

Unique Monopole of the Appellation, this 2.3 acres vineyard is perfectly located down the windmill, symbol of the Cru.
Based on a dry, hard, granitic soil, this unique terroir produces outstanding Gamay offering structured, mineral, long-lasting wines as iconic as the greatest French wines.

Grape Variety

100% Gamay

Planting Density

4 000 vines per acre / 10 000 vines per hectare

Average Age of Vines

70 years

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete or stainless steel tank, in order to isolate the plot and to express in the best possible way the characteristics of this unique terroir. The entire system is thermo-regulated.

Wine is aged in oak barrels (10% new oak) for 18 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Bottles Produced

2230

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 28 April 2014)

Beautiful deep and intense ruby colour. Nose with notes of red fruits (cherry stone), with aeration evolving into floral notes (peony / rose petal) and spices (clove).

On the palate fruit flavours, fresh cherry flavours are elegantly complemented by toasted notes. Great density, embracing rich and fresh tannins on the finish.

Exceptional wine for long bottle ageing (more than 15 years). Can be enjoyed with red meats, grilled beef rib, game or leg of lamb.

Le Clos 2011

Vintage

Spring came at the end of March with summer temperatures, hot and dry weather causing an explosive and brief flowering. Weather changed dramatically from July 14th and looked like fall. Harvests debuted on August 31st and took place in ideal conditions of maturity. 2011 is a nice balance between the freshness of 2010 and heat of 2009

Terroir

Unique Monopole of the Appellation, this 2.3 acres vineyard is perfectly located down the windmill, symbol of the Cru.
Based on a dry, hard, granitic soil, this unique terroir gives outstanding Gamay offering structured, mineral, long-lasting wines as iconic as the greatest French wines.

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking

Fermentation takes place in one concrete vats of 50 hl in order to isolate the plot.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is grown whether in new oak barrels or used ones. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting comments

(Tasted in September 2012)

  • Robe: Great garnet robe
  • Bouquet: Elegant and expressive, crushed raspberries
  • Palate: Concentrated, powerful, fineness, elegance and length of the greatests

Cellaring potential

This wine should be drunk from 2014 and can be kept at least 15 years.

Le Clos 2010

Vintage

A cold and long winter before wet and rainy spring and summer. First weeks of september were sunny and cool. This vintage was much cooler than 2009. Harvests started on September 16th. Grapes were healthy and thanks to this good level of maturity picking choices for each parcel could have been planned easily.

Tasting comments

(Tasted in September 2012)

  • Robe: Nice garnet
  • Bouquet: Delicate and fine, singular mineral touch
  • Palate: Nice fruit and elegant tension, great length