Clos de Luz Carmenere, "Massal 1945", 2012

Clos de Luz Carmenere, "Massal 1945", 2012

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Clos de Luz is a family winery located in Almahue Valley, known as the birthplace of Carmenere in Chile - Carmenere represents 75% of the plantings. Winemaker Gabriel Edwards currently runs his family domaine, after obtaining a Master in Wine Business in Burgundy and working for Undurraga, and Moët & Chandon. The estate, bought by his great grandfather in 1892, now spreads over 33 hectares of vineyards, planted in 1945 by Gabriel’s grandmother, Luz. They are some of the oldest Carmenere vineyards in Chile, and probably in the world. The domaine's vineyards are 100% ungrafted and certified organic by Ceres. Because Chile is isolated from the phylloxera, they are planted “franc de pied”, giving a unique character to the wines. The vineyards are also 100% Massal selection from old vineyards, as opposed to a large majority of vineyards planted using clonal selection (all genetically identical plants). Massal selection consists in selecting good and healthy vines, and then propagating them from cuttings. This method preserves the natural diversity of the plants. The vineyards are plowed by horses, as the twisted trunks of the old vines make it impossible to use a tractor. With a deep purple, inky color, the nose of this wine is expressive. Fresh red fruit, spicy notes such as black pepper and bitter chocolate. The palate is balanced and elegant, with a velvety texture. Medium tannic structure with a round mid palate and a long finish.

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