- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clos des Fous (or ‘crazy men’) refers to Chilean viticulturalist Pedro Parra and winemaker François Massoc - two great friends who met over 12 years ago while studying and working in Burgundy. Their new winemaking venture, which has been described by some of their peers as ‘craziness‘, has involved crossing the traditional vineyard boundaries to source grapes from vineyards in the extreme conditions further south and east in Chile.
Pedro, described by Wine Spectator in 2009 as ‘a modern-day Indiana Jones’, is the person credited with discovering many of the top vineyard sites across Chile, as well as revolutionising the way in which iconic wineries such as Montes plant and manage their vineyards. He and François work alongside winemaker Paco Leyton and Albert Cussen, who looks after the business.
Pedro works on the philosophy that the rockier soils result in lower vine vigour and deeper roots, which he believes gives better balance and more finesse to the wines. Therefore, the Clos des Fous Chardonnay is sourced from the volcanic and alluvial soils of the Coya vineyard in Cachapoal. Situated 26 kilometres deep into the Andes, at nearly 1,000 metres in altitude, Coya is said to be Chile’s highest vineyard, and the cooler temperatures and longer growing season give verve to the wine.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown in a single vineyard called Cabeza de Loco (Crazy Head) in the Alto Cachapoal, just six kilometres from the Andes mountains. The decaying granite and volcanic rocks which are present in the soil here provide the resulting wines with a distinct mineral character, soft tannins and good levels of balancing acidity.