jamie goode's wine blog: Clos de los Siete, take six

Monday, September 29, 2008

Clos de los Siete, take six

'It is already the sixth vintage from Clos de Los Siete', says Michel Rolland, the famous consulting winemaker who has worked with Bordeaux-based Dourthe to produce this new (now not so new) wine from Mendoza.

The larger project of which Los Siete is a part is called 'Campo de Vista Flores'. A large area of 850 hectares, 90 km south of Mendoza city and previously unplanted, was divided into seven plots - one for each of the main partners (there are now just six - one left). The land had to be prepared and then planted. With a high planting density (5500 vines/hectare) the vineyards are managed like a Bordeaux first growth, with double guyot pruning, vertical canopies, crop thinning, leaf removal, hand-picking into small crates and triage on a sorting table. Then, in the winery there's a cold pre-fermentation maceration, pumping over during fermentation and maturation in new French oak (2/3) and vat (1/3).

Altogether, 430 hectares of the 850 are now planted. The altitude is 1100 metres and the soils are sand and clay, with large pebbles. Yields average 34 hl/ha, which is quite low. And here is my note on the just-released 2007 vintage.

Clos de los Siete 2007 Mendoza, Argentina
A blend of 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Syrah, harvested from the end of March until the end of April. Deep coloured, this has lovely floral aromatics together with ripe but not jammy summer fruit aromas. There's a bit of spice, too. The palate is nicely poised with sweet but well defined dark fruits and good acidity. This isn't jammy or super-ripe, which is a good thing. But the alcohol (14.5%) is evident, and the tannins are a little drying and grippy in the mouth, and they clamp down the finish somewhat. It's a beautifully packaged wine that offers great value for money, and without those rather drying tannins it would get a higher rating. 90/100 (10.99 Waitrose, Majestic, Oddbins)

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At 10:17 PM, Blogger Douglas Blyde said...

Incidentally, this crops up on all the Gordon Ramsay lists...

Enjoyed the look at Coddington (looks quite well tended). They must have a super distributor. It gets into the Rivington Grills and Wright Bros. (Borough Market) amongst numerous other places where crustacea is king.

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Paula said...

I just had a blast tasting this wine. Not very expensive for a 92/100.. Can you advise me cheap wine that rate well on parker?

At 9:53 PM, Blogger mazdaspeeder said...

I found this tonight at my local store for $16.00. I have had both the 04 and 05, and loved them, and still have a few of each in the cellar. I will try this tonight and I do PLAN to head back to the store tomorrow to pick up a couple of cases at $160 per ($13.25) just because I always try it first. Although I occasionally miss out when I go back and somebody else beats me to the punch. Can't wait long on this one!


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