Clos des Nines, 2017 L’Orée, Grès de Montpellier

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Clos des Nines, 2017 L’Orée, Grès de Montpellier – 15.00€

Clos des Nines is close to Gigean, and is an estate that has been developed by Isabelle Mangeard since 2003, with an interesting and well-conceived range of wines coming from a ten hectare block of vineyards.

L’Orée is a blend of Grenache Noir, with some Syrah and Cinsault, kept in vat rather than barrel for a few months. 

The 2017 vintage was bottled in June 2018.  Medium depth of colour.  A lovely garrigue nose, with spice and herbs.  Very fresh with an elegant finish.  A modest 13.5º. 

“Isabelle is great fun to taste with. She is bright and vivacious and nicely opinionated. She is also a member of the Vinifilles, a group of Languedoc vigneronnes with a great range of wine estates between them, from all over the region.”

Isabelle observed that she chooses the harvest date so that her grapes are ripe, but not too ripe  She does not want a heavy wine; it is all a question of balance.  She favours minimum intervention in the cellar, and a light hand as regards extraction.   And her success is there to be tasted in the glass.

Clos des Nines,
route de Cournonsec, D5E7,
34690 Fabregues

Tel: 04 67 68 95 36

www.closdesnines.com

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