Beaujolais - Clos de Loyse 2008 - 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

Budbreak happened relatively late, around the 20th of April on average. The weather that spring was particularly unstable, with heavy rainfall but average temperatures. These conditions are particularly conducive to the establishment of fungal diseases, and the damp, dull summer that ensued meant that the vineyards had to be carefully monitored. Luckily, the weather improved dramatically as harvest season approached: September brought ideal conditions in the form of a drying north wind and plenty of sunshine to finish off the ripening process. Harvest kicked off on 18 September and took place under sunny skies. Although vegetative growth was delayed in 2008, the wines themselves are of good quality, with relatively high levels of acidity demanding some cellaring time before the wines flesh out and reveal themselves in their full glory.


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