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Clos Lunelles, Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Clos Lunelles located in the Cotes de Castillon appellation was acquired by Gérard and Chantal Perse in 2001. By that point in time, the Perse family was already well-known in Bordeaux for owning numerous estates including Chateau Pavie and Chateau Monbousquet. Both those properties are situated in St. Emilion. In 2010. Clos Les Lunelles changed its name to Clos Lunelles.

The Clos Lunelles 8.5 hectare vineyard is planted on the clay and limestone plateau in Cotes de Castillon. The vineyard is planted to a density of 5,500 vines per hectare. The vineyard has old vines. On average, the vines are close to an impressive forty five years of age. The vineyard of Clos Lunelles is planted to 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Yields are always kept low at Clos Lunelles. To accomplish this, the vines are crop-thinned, deleafed, hand-harvested and table-sorted. To produce the wine, extensive labor is involved. In fact, Clos Lunelles is one of the most labor intensive wines to produce in the entire appellation.

For the vinification of Clos Lunelles, the process starts with an eight day cold soak at 9° Celsius. Next, the juice is fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats for a maceration period that lasts close to 32 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Clos Lunelles is aged in 60% new French oak barrels for between 18 to 24 months. During the aging process, the wine of Clos Lunelles is aged on its lees for the first four months. There is a second wine, Esprit de Pavie. On average, close to 1,800 cases of Clos Lunelles are produced every year.

Clos Lunelles remains one of the top Bordeaux wines of the Cotes de Castillon appellation. Clos Lunelles is a deep colored, rich, opulent, concentrated, ripe and round style of Bordeaux wine that can often be enjoyed young.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Clos Lunelles

    1. Wet earth, leaf and spicy cherry flavors are concentrated for the vintage. The wine will need a few years to soften before its minty, dark red berries are fully mature. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Clos Lunelles

    1. Ruby in color with intense stone, oak and spicy black cherries and anise, the wine is medium-bodied with elegant, soft textures and a spicy, long and fresh finish. 89-91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Clos Lunelles

    1. Soft, sweet dark berries, fennel, plum and dark chocolate, plush round textures and a core of ripe black cherries make up this early drinking wine.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Rich in color with minerality, blackberry and fennel, rich plush textures and a long, mineral-based, fresh and ripe black plum finish. 90-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Clos Lunelles

    1. Licorice, truffle, jammy dark berries and chocolate open to a plush, polished, rich wine of pleasure. This will drink well young.

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Clos Lunelles

    1. 2009 Clos les Lunelles, produced from vines whose average age is 40 years, offers a blend of 80% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon, and 10% cabernet franc. Yields were a miniscule 22/hls/ha. The wine is filled with blackberries, coffee, and anise. Round in texture, this mouth filling wine ends with lush dark berry, chocolate, and plum flavors. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Clos Les Lunelles

    1. 08 Clos les Lunelles (Cotes de Castillon) is purplish ruby. Ripe black fruit tinged with spice and licorice are throughout the perfume. Rich and intense, this wine would win a lot of blind tastings if matched against many of the much more expensive St. Emilions. 91-94 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  7. 2005 Clos Les Lunelles

    1. Licorice, cocoa, black raspberry, espresso bean and earthy notes open to a round, supple, wine that is already fun to drink. However, it will probably be better after another year or two of bottle age where it should give pleasure for another 5 - 10 years.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Still deep in color, an explosion of licorice, espresso, jammy blackberries, cocoa and minerality remind you of a very good St. Emilion wine. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this rich, intense, sweet and opulently textured Bordeaux wine has room to improve over the next decade.

      92 points - Tasted
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