Le Clos des Jarres, Estrangier (2018)

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Region - Minervois, Languedoc, France

Grapes - Sauvignon Blanc (100%)

Alcohol – 13%

Age of vines: Unknown

Viticulture – Biodynamic

Total production: Unknown

Suitable for vegans - Yes

Winemakers – Vivien Torcuato

Located on the north side of the Sierra Nevada he has two plots of land, one at 900m and the other at 1050m above sea level. The climate here is continental, with long hot summer days and cool nights. Snow is normal in winter. The two plots however each have their own microclimate. The vines of the lower plot are grown on clay and are relatively protected whereas the higher is an exposed plateau of red soil, more exposed, subject to snowstorms.

The family have been making wine in the region since 1890 though he is the first one in the family to use oak barrels, previously they used only clay amphorae.

Amongst Vivien’s 13 hectares of family vines he has a small plot of Sauvignon Blanc. He wanted to do a much more ripe and rich expression, so the grapes are harvested mature. 12 months ageing on the lees in old oak barrels makes this a much more serious expression of Sauvignon.