Beaujolais - Clos de Loyse 2007 - Wine


Clos de Loyse
Clos de Loyse

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Beaujolais "Grand Clos de Loyse"

Color

White

Vintage

Chardonnay

Features

The Grand Clos de Loyse is a monopoly parcel of 10 hectares. It is situated on the border between the granite slopes and the former bed of the Saône River. The Chardonnay vines are fed by the river's more recent sediments, and soil deposits that date back to Hercynian period lend them a gentle trace of minerality.

Vinification

Picked and then transported in small plastic cases, the grapes are pressed as soon as possible. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, which aids the preservation of the wine's minerality, purity of fruit and crisp acidity.

Maturing and bottling

Maturation takes place in stainless steel tanks over the course of several months. Bottling takes place at the start of the following summer.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

This wine is so pure, fresh and mineral-driven that we recommend it as an apéritif, or as a match for shellfish and white fish. When paired with sushi, the wine's crisp acidity makes the match sing.

Conservation

The ‘Grand Clos de Loyse' white Beaujolais is a wine that is designed to be enjoyed in its youth.

The Vintage

After a very hot, sunny April, which brought the leaves out three weeks earlier than average, May through to the third week in August proved relatively tricky due to cold weather and plenty of showers. July, in particular, had some of the highest rainfall seen in this month over the course of the past 30 years. Fortunately, during the last fortnight of August and the month of September, the vineyards benefitted from cool nights alternating with sunny days and moderate temperatures. These conditions, and the complete lack of rainfall during the course of those six weeks, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, developing the polyphenols and anthocyanins that give the wines its typical colour, aromas and structure. Harvest began on 28 August. Although 2007 cannot be described as being an exceptional vintage, it has produced some lovely wines with great poise and ripeness.


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