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Languedoc, France

Les Clos Perdus Corbières Mire La Mer 2013


Blend:
Mourvèdre 65%, Carignan 30%, Grenache 5%
Colour:
Red
Body:
Medium-full
Style:
Dry
Organic Status:
Biodynamic
Alcohol:
14.08% (Number on label may differ)
About:
This is one of the Languedoc-Roussillon's most interesting and finest wines, from a unique blend of 40 year old Mourvèdre and over 100 year old Carignan. Biodynamically farmed and made with wild yeasts and without sulfites until a touch at bottling (to give 37 mg/L SO2 Tot), it's part fermented and then aged in new and old oak barriques to achieve a complex, rich but marvellously alive wine that will also age brilliantly.
Tasting Notes:
Although young, there's already a superb aromatic display of cassis, black cherry, orange peel, dark chocolate, dried, smokey herb and mineral. Complex and hugely alluring, the palate is full and powerful in a velvet glove sort of way, very ripe but not over-ripe, with energy pulsing from the very fine seams of acidity and astringent tannins. The flavours are long, the wine classic but very natural.
Vintage Notes:
While the late flowering caused widespread coulure in the Grenache, other varieties were not affected, and even reduced yields of Grenache probably resulted in greater quality if less quantity. The growing season was cooler and wetter than normal and grapes reached maturity around 2 to 3 weeks later than normal, with greater acids and less alcohol. As a result, the wines are fresh and vibrant, with great concentration, and a beautiful structure. This is a fantastic vintage, the best in the Languedoc and in the Roussillon for over 15 years.
Vineyards:
This is from vineyards of heavy clay on the coastal plain near the village of Peyriac. Ideal for Mourvedre which likes damp soils and the moist air off the Mediterranean, the vines almost touch the water. The Carignan is on clay slopes leading up the hills. The vines are 40 year old Mourvedre, 100 year old Carignan. Biodynamic viticulture. Grapes are hand harvested early between 15 and 21 September.
Winemaking:
5% of the wine is fermented in 500 litre new French oak barrels. The remainder is fermented in stainless steel but moved to barrels just before the primary ferment has finished. The wines evolution is monitored closely and small quantities of oxygen added to the wine when required which helps to soften the varieties used. The wine is matured 18 months 30% in new oak and 50% in 1, 2 and 3 year old French oak barrels with the rest aged in tank. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Closure:
Cork
Production:
3,930 bottles (328 cases)
Press:
Neal Martin in WA: “I much prefer this style of Corbieres from Les Clos  
Product Code:
CLP13MIR
Price:
¥5,724 / bottle SRP inc. tax

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