As indicated by name, the ‘L’Année’ wines describe characteristics of the year in which they were produced, rather than a specific terroir. From vineyards in Montner, Maury and near Mas de las Fredas, with varying aspect and soil. Macabeu 65%, Grenache gris 30%, Muscat 5% from 5 different parcels. Varying levels of skin contact and harvest times mean that differing lots are basket pressed and cold settled as batches, but ultimately fermented together, with indigenous yeast, in a single 3000L. Elevage is in barrel and stainless steel with extended solid contact. No fining, bottled with light filtration.
Citrus and brine with subtle floral hints. Fresh saline nuances persist against a long structured finish
Certified Organic and Biodynamic
> It was during a journey to the Languedoc to visit a friend in 2002, that we were inspired by the majesty of the old vines, the vast range of grape varieties, soils, climate and terrain.
We felt that the full expression and potential of some of the regions’ many terroirs were yet to be realised, so in 2003 with Hugo Stewart we started Les Clos Perdus with 1.5 hectares of vines in the Corbières Maritime.
We hoped that if we encouraged the roots of the vines to dig deep, and improved the diversity of life within the soil, we would begin to see in the wines an expression of terroir that would tell us how to proceed.
In the following year we acquired more small parcels in the High Corbières hills and on the schistose slopes of the Agly Valley.
Gradually, the lunar like landscape where the vines had been growing slowly transformed into one of greater colour and life. Each year has brought a return of more plants and insects while the structure of the soil has been greatly enriched, suggesting an increase in vitality is also happening below the soil. Over time the vines are starting to find a balance within the diversity of their new world.
Now in our twelfth year we have 20 hectares of organic and bio–dynamic vines. We have established three unique terroirs, each represented by an individual wine: Mire La Mer from The Corbières Maritimes, Prioundo from the High Corbières and L’Extrême from the Agly Valley in the Roussillon.
Over time the wines have become better balanced and, although less fruit driven, seem to carry a greater complexity and a stronger expression of their terroir.
We now carry a body of knowledge built up during the short, but intensely lived, history of Les Clos Perdus. Looking to the future, we want to draw on our accumulated expertise, while moving forward with the same sense of exploration and innocence that has characterised our beginnings.