Beaujolais - Clos de Loyse 2013 - 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

Winter 2013 was cold, particularly towards the end of February. The entire season was marked by a deficit of sunlight, and temperatures only began to rise in mid-April, leading to a homogenous budbreak around the 20th of the month. This budbreak is, therefore, somewhat later than usual. The end of April saw a return of cold, rainy weather. These cold, rainy conditions persisted throughout May. Temperatures were, on average, 7°C lower than average, while rainfall was double the average. Such unfavourable conditions tested the vines to the extreme. Growers had to work hard each day to ensure that they were protected against fungal disease and weather damage. A small temperature spike in June allowed flowering to take place around the 20th of the month, then cool conditions returned. This was a very challenging flowering; poor fruit set and shot berries presaged low yields at harvest. July saw a return to more normal weather conditions, and even some lovely sunny periods. However, heavy thunderstorms on the 28th put an end to any feelings of optimism growers may have had. A veritable tornado tore through the Clos de Loyse, damaging most of the vines. Higher than average levels of sunshine in August helped the ripening process along, ensuring a healthy - albeit small - harvest. Picking began later than any year since 1984. At the Château des Jacques, the first cut of the secateurs took place on Monday 23 September.


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