"Certified organic, certified biodynamic. From three walled clos grouped together, high on a 1.5-ha isolated plateau of free-draining limestone and clay, near Villesèque-des-Corbières, Hautes Corbières. 80% Grenache Noir, 20% Cinsault. Destemmed with no crush, 20% whole bunch. Three days' maceration before fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeast. Basket pressed after 21 days on skins before élevage in stainless steel on fine lees for nine months. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Gamey and wild cherries on the nose. So much tang and freshness on the palate! An explosion of sharp redcurrant, white pepper and fresh lovage. The fruit on this wine is a coup de coeur. It has a purity and an intensity and intention of light and transparency and glow that makes me think of summer dawn light through the stained-glass window of a cathedral. Precise and linear but not sharp, in the way that red jewelled light will fall in a long, intense shaft along the cold stone floor with the dust motes dreaming through it. But such a quiet wine. You could trip over this and not notice it. You need to be sitting in that church, in the early morning, letting those cold ancient stones fill your nostrils and feeling the silence, and then you have this wine, ready, in your glass. It's a prayer. 18/20 points. (TC)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Lost vineyard sites, secretly tucked away throughout the garrigue laden hills and valleys of the Midi. Old vines, many at 50, 60, 75+ years of age with names like Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault. Throughout the Languedoc & Roussillon there exist numerous “lost vineyards” just waiting to be re-discovered. Many of these small vineyards had been disregarded by larger producers because of their isolation, their low cropping potential and their inability to be machine worked. However with passion, talent and lots of hard work, fantastic and memorable wines can be made from such sites that bear the unmistakable imprint of this gorgeous countryside. This ethos is precisely what inspired friends Paul Old and Hugo Stewart to establish their modest winery aptly named: Les Clos Perdus (the lost vineyards) back in 2003. With extreme dedication, and working out of a modest garage for use as a cellar, these lost vineyards forged their identities through the wines of Les Clos Perdus. Prioundo is 80% Grenache and 20%Cinsault blend from 3 parcels (walled Clos’s) grouped together, high on a 1.5 hectare isolated plateau of free draining limestone and clay, near Villesèque-des-Corbieres.