Clos des Centenaries Luxe Calme et Volupte 2017 - Languedoc, France
90/100 - Jeb Dunnuck (2016 Vintage)
Michel Ivangine "Let yourself be charmed by this aromatic explosion of great quality from the Clos des Centenaries! Luxe (luxury) for the quality of the terroir between land and sea, for the affection of the wine-growers for their wine, and all the work put in to create exceptional wines. Calme (calm) for its immersion in a unique location and for the work ethic of Stéphanie and Luc Baudet. And volupté (exquisite pleasure) for this indulgent, crisp cuvée that never ceases to delight our taste buds with its aromas of wild fruits and spices, and its unctuousness worthy of the greatest Languedoc-Roussillon wines. Simply divine!"
The Winemaker “Nose dominated by fruits of the forest and sweet spices. Unctuous mouth and a finish with fine tannins.”
Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Petit Verdot 40%, Merlot 10%
Clos des Centenaires was founded Luc Baudet of Chateau Mas-Neuf fame, and Californian wine industry veteran, Jack Edwards who both share a passion for artisan wines and the terroir of France’s Southern Rhone.
The vineyard soils are cultivated amongst natural grassland using shallow tillage methods and special attention is paid to the revitalization of vines (using annually prepared biodynamic compost). Inputs are limited to organically approved natural products.
Languedoc-Roussillon is a hugely important and historic wine region that produces over a third of French wine each year. The output of Languedoc Roussillon exceeds that of the entire United States, and has hundreds of thousands of acres under vine, growing a wide range of both red and white grapes. Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the oldest and most important wine regions in the world, with a history that stretches back millennia to the ancient Greeks, who adored its warm and humid Mediterranean climate which is ideal for viticulture.