Beaujolais - Clos de Loyse 2012 - 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 mild January 2012 a cold snap arrived dominating the first two weeks of February. The first sign to indicate that the future crop this year would be small. March was somewhat warmer favouring an early bud burst of the vines. Then again April, rather cool and humid with hardly no sun, calmed down the general growth of the vine and confirmed the path of a hectic and unpredictable year in terms of climatic conditions. Some rain followed, including hail in particular spots. Overall temperatures were lower than average compared to previous years and this continued into the summer . Fortunately with the arrival of August and the first two weeks of September the weather warmed up with almost no rain. This encouraged a slow maturation of the grapes and a very healthy situation. Harvest started on September 17. In a nutshell, 2012 is somewhat a "late" vintage and much smaller than usual. Grapes were nicely ripe and the juice wellbalanced despite hectic weather conditions: a very demanding vintage for the growers.


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