91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“The inky, ruby-colored 2013 Languedoc La Mejanelle Copa Santa is a jaw dropper that’s loaded with rich, pure, layered notions of black raspberries, crushed violets and damp herbs. Coming from a mix of 83% Syrah and 17% Grenache, completely destemmed and aged 15 months in mostly foudre (23% in one- to five-year-old barrels), this medium to full-bodied beauty has good concentration, fine tannin, and an overriding sense of purity and elegance. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Philosophy:“Excellence in what I produce, in all humility, in truthfulness, and the simplest expression of my terroir.” Vineyards: All of the viticulture at Domaine Clavel is focused on sustainability, and eschewing the use of chemicals. The vineyard is 100% organic, with no herbicides or fungicides used. This requires intense manual labor, with the soil regularly worked to help roots dig in deeper, and keeping vine foliage trimmed. No GMOs or products derived from GMOs are used. The family seeks to preserve the region’s biodiversity, and balance in organic matter. Only those vines and plants which are best adapted to the natural conditions of the soil and climate are chosen to be planted. The hot and dry Mediterranean climate helps to concentrate the grapes, and the mix of sea breezes and norther winds from the Mistral keep the vines clean and free from disease.