|Owner(s)||Albert Cussen, Paco Leyton, Francois Massoc, Pedro Parra|
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Clos des Fous ("crazy men") refers to Chilean "terroir hunter" Pedro Parra and winemaker Francois Massoc, two friends who met while studying and working in Burgundy. There winemaking venture involves sourcing grapes from vineyards in the extreme conditions further south and east in Chile. Their co-founders are viticulturist Paco Leyton and manager Albert Cussen.
2010 Clos Des Fous Latuffa Traiguén (Malleco Valley) Chile Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 250 cases (100 cases imported), $36. Malleco Valley is cold and rainy, reminiscent of the climate in the Willamette Valley. The soil is volcanic. Sourced from a vineyard which was an old experimental vineyard planted by the government and neglected until the Clos des Fous team started managing it. The Clos des Fous team is Pedro Parra (a world renowned soil scientist), Francois Massoc (a winemaker trained in Burgundy), Paco Leyton (vineyard manager), and Albert Cussen (their mentor and backer). · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely appointed nose with aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, smoky oaky, and baking spices including clove. The discreetly concentrated flavors of darker stone fruits and berries are intriguing. Hints of chocolate and spice add interest. Plenty of oak character is featured, but the wine has good Pinotosity and admirable delicacy. Score: 89. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »