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Clos Lunelles History, Overview
Clos Lunelles located in the Cotes de Bordeaux appellation was acquired by Gerard 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. Previously known as Clos Les Lunelles, Clos Les Lunelles changed its name to Clos Lunelles in 2010.
The Clos Lunelles 8.5 hectare vineyard has a terroir of clay and limestone soils. The vines are well placed on the peak of the plateau in Cotes de Castillon. The vineyard of Clos Lunelles is planted to 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare. The vineyard has old vines. In fact, the average age of the vines at Clos Lunelles are close to an impressive 45 of age.
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 of Clos Lunelles, extensive labor is involved. In fact, Clos Lunelles is one of the most labor intensive wines to produce in the entire appellation.
To produce the wine of Clos Lunelles, the vinification process starts with an eight day cold soak at 9 degrees 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 French oak barrels. 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.
Serving and Decanting Clos Lunelles with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Clos Lunelles is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Clos Lunelles is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Clos Lunelles is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Clos Lunelles remains one of the top Right Bank wines from 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.
Clos Les Lunelles Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Clos Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Plums, black cherry and licorice scents are what you notice first, but it's the luscious, dark, red berries and stone sensations that grab your attention. The finish delivers cocoa, licorice and juicy, black fruits.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 586 Views
2015 Clos Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Dark in color with an earthy, dark, red berry, licorice and stone personality, this wine is rich and powerful, yet softly textured, lush and silky on the palate. This is perhaps the best vintage yet for Clos Lunelles.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 1322 Views
2014 Clos Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Black cherry, plum, licorice, espresso and smoke in the nose leads to a concentrated, tannic, oaky mineral driven wine that will require time to soften and come together. 89-91 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1241 Views
2013 Clos Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
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
May 1, 2014points - Tasted 1224 Views
2012 Clos Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
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
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1555 Views
2011 Clos Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
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.
May 20, 2014points - Tasted 1761 Views
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
Apr 20, 2012points - Tasted 2630 Views
2010 Clos Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Licorice, truffle, jammy dark berries and chocolate open to a plush, polished, rich wine of pleasure. This will drink well young.
May 7, 2013points - Tasted 3661 Views
2009 Clos Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
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
Aug 26, 2010points - Tasted 4868 Views
2008 Clos Les Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
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
Aug 1, 2009points - Tasted 3929 Views
2006 Clos Les Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Spicy black fruits, licorice and jam on the earthy nose which move to soft and sweet, polished, dark red fruits and stone on the palate. The wine is drinking in the right place today with its fresh and vibrant fruits.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 2023 Views
2005 Clos Les Lunelles ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
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.
Sep 5, 2012points - Tasted 4669 Views
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.
Aug 29, 2011points - Tasted 5196 Views