Clau de Nell, Anjou Cabernet Franc 2018


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75cl bottle.

Vegetarian;Vegan;Certified Organic;Certified Biodynamic

From a biodynamically-farmed estate in Anjou, purchased by the Leflaive family in 2000. This Cabernet Franc is bright with intense berry fruit, floral spice, fine tannins and fresh acidity.

The vineyards at Clau de Nell have been cultivated biodynamically since 2000. A period of financial difficulty led the previous proprietors to seek help from the late Anne-Claude Leflaive and her husband, Christian Jacques. In 2008, the Leflaive-Jacques family purchased Clau de Nell, which at the time had not produced any wine for three years. Since then, Clau de Nell has enjoyed a successful revival with ex-sommelier Sylvain Potin making the wine and Christian running the domaine.

2018 was a very hot vintage in the Loire. The vines were spared from hail and frost this year. High temperatures and rain in June provided ideal conditions for vine growth. July through to October was very hot and dry which was perfect for an even maturation of the fruit. Overall, the quality and quantity of grapes were higher in comparison to the previous two vintages.

Critic Reviews:

The Wine Advocate
93+ Points

The 2018 Anjou Cabernet Franc is from sandstone and red silex soils and opens with a deep, intense and concentrated dark berry and cherry aroma intertwined with iodine and some plummy notes with crystalline sugar notes and baked blueberry aromas. Silky, rich and intense on the palate, this is an elegant, deep, refined, long and complex Cab Franc with a tight tannin structure, and kumquat and somewhat brutish aromas. The wine has great aging potential, but it’s very individual, with dense fruit but ripe and elegant tannins.

Stephan Reinhardt, October 2021