Clos De Los Siete Red: Wine Woman Pick

Close De Los Siete Red

Price: ¥265

Clos de los Siete is the result of a venture undertaken by a group of French winegrowers.clos de los siete vineyardIt is located at the foot the Andes mountain range, in the heart of the Uco Valley. Their vineyards spread across 850 hectares (2100 acres) at an altitude of 1,000-1,200m.

The history of Clos de los Siete is closely linked to enologist Michel Rolland, a consultant for prestigious wineries around the world for some years now (Malartic-Lagravière & Gazin Rocquencourt among them).

Since 1998, Rolland’s enthusiasm made it possible for the group of renowned French Grand Crus families to come together as partners.

This is a triumphant wine with superb fruit with a good texture and length. So what’s in it? Malbec, for the most part, and then varying quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Shiraz. Here’s one vivid description / thoughts on the 2008:

Dark garnet in colour, this wine smells like cassis in the grip of a well-oiled leather glove. In the mouth aggressive tannins wrap the tongue in that leathery fist while wet dirt, cassis, and dried black cherry flavours fuse into a rich mulch of tastiness.

Food Pairing: At this point in it’s evolution in addition to giving it some air (decant it if you can), serving it with any variety of charred beef that strikes your fancy.

Wine Spectator awarded the inaugural vintage 90/100 calling it an “impressive young wine and great value too” while Decanter’s Steven Spurrier listed this as “Best New World Red” in Decanter’s buying guide.

Dec 2011: We tried this last night at a most impressive tasting event in Pudong, Shanghai (Nov 25th 2011): the host judged it his top wine of the five assembled, which included our masterpiece Barolo from Serafino (Parker: 96/100), a 2001 Fronsac (he’d brought from France), Sella & Mosca’s flagship Cabernet: Marchese Di Villamarina (9 times winner Tribecka award, Italy) and Silver Heights Family Reserve Cabernet Blend (IWW: ‘Best Chinese Red Wine in August 2012, Hilton hotel, Shanghai).

The team that made it was brought together by Michel Rolland (left), the infamous travelling consultant/winemaker featured in the documentary film, Mondovino.

The Seven is now six, since one of the founding seven had pulled out of the venture to focus on his own brand.

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