- 100% Chardonnay
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.
"A funky Chilean offering with its own sense of style and made by a pair of dynamos – Pedro Parra and François Massoc – who forged their relationship in Burgundy. This is complex, harmonious and long, showcasing zesty, crunchy apple fruit and a mineral kick on the finish." 18/20 (93 points), Decanter Magazine
"Flinty nose and very rich palate. Really exciting! Great depth, stunning value and integrity." 17/20, Jancis Robinson
"Clos des Fous operates on the fashionable minimal intervention principle, inspired by the partners’ experiences in Burgundy. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed, fermentation was slow and cool, and malolactic conversion was suppressed but the wine was aged for 12 months on the lees à la bourguignonne with just 5% in old oak. There is no overt hint of oak on the wine, which has the most disarming combination of a seriously nervy, flinty nose and very rich palate. There is fabulous tension in this wine, which has great depth and integrity." Wine of the Week, 16 January 2015, www.jancisrobinson.com