Clos Manou Medoc Bordeaux Wine, The Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Clos Manou Medoc Bordeaux with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Clos Manou History, Overview

Clos Manou is owned by the family of Françoise Dief and Stephane Dief. The debut vintage for Clos Manou was produced in 1998. When they first purchased the vineyard, they were only able to buy a scant .12 hectares of vines.

At the time, the production was only 600 cases. Things have improved since then, and the quantity of wine has also increased since those early days at the couple’s Left Bank estate.

Today, through several additional purchases of vines, Clos Manou is now up to 18 hectares cultivated with vines.

Clos Manou Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

Located in the northern part of the Medoc, the 16.8-hectare vineyard of Clos Manou is planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

The vines are old, with an average of 35 years. One of the best, or should I say the most amazing thing about the vineyard of Clos Manou is that they also have some very old vines. In fact, they have some of the oldest vines in all of Bordeaux!

They own one small parcel of Merlot that was planted during the 1850s. They also have some equally old Cabernet vines.

This is one of the few remaining parcels of vines in Bordeaux that is pre-phylloxera and the rootstock remains ungrafted. I wish they would bottle some of those grapes. The vineyard of Clos Manou is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.

The vineyard has a terroir of gravel, sand, clay, and limestone soils. All farming and vineyard management at the estate is 100% organic.

The wine of Clos Manou is vinified in a combination of oak vats and cement tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. 1/3 of the wine is aged on its lees for 6 months, to give the wine more richness. The wine is then aged in a combination of vessels. 70% of the wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels, 25% is aged in concrete egg-shaped vats, and the remaining 5% of the wine ages in terracotta amphora jars for an average of 17 months before bottling.

The estate produced a special wine for 2 vintages that was a high-end version of their Grand Vin, Clos Manou Cuvee 1850. The wine was only made in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2018. Clos Manou Cuvee 1850 is as you can see, not produced in every vintage. It is almost impossible to find this wine as only 50 cases are produced in most vintages!

The best vintages of Clos Manou are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2010 and 2009 and 2005.

There is a second wine, Petit Manou. The production hovers around 3,000 cases per vintage of Clos Manou.

However, it’s good to note that a large portion of their crop is designated for the second wine. That makes quite a statement for their search for quality, especially when you consider they are not a classified growth and their wine is available for a very, consumer-friendly price point.

When to Drink Clos Manou, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Clos Manou needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Clos Manou is usually better with at least 6-9 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Clos Manou offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-14 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Clos Manou with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Clos Manou is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Clos Manou is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Clos Manou is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as a wide variety of hard and soft cheese.

Clos Manou Wine Tasting Notes

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2021 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 90

Deeply colored, there is fruit and freshness here with round textures and nice character, finishing with blackberries, tobacco leaf and plums along with a hint of cocoa in the endnote. The wine blends 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2023-2030. 89-91 90 Points

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2020 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 90

Deeply colored, the fragrant wine opens with peppery cassis, earth, spice and savory herbs on the nose. Full-bodied, dense and chewy with an herb and pepper note to accompany its blast of powerful dark fruit. Give this 5 years or so to soften and develop. 89-91 Pts

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2019 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 91

Floral in nature in its opening notes, the wine is loaded with soft, polished, sweet, juicy, ripe, dark red fruits. Medium-bodied, vibrant and juicy, this is already a treat to taste from the fruit-filled mid-palate, all the way through to its creamy-textured, black currant finish. Drink from 2023-2034. 91 Points

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2018 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 91

Dense and dark in color, the wine pops with roses, dark, brooding, red pit fruits, earth and spice. Richly textured, with layers of soft, ripe, lush, dark red fruits that resonate. There is good old-vine intensity that you can taste and feel here. The wine blends 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 91 Points

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Inky dark, dense and full-bodied, the wine shows lots of sweet, juicy red fruits on the palate and in the long, earthy, fresh, round, lush finish. 89-91 Pts

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2017 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 89

Fresh, juicy, round and ripe, you find red fruits, cedar and tobacco, soft tannins, a medium body and bright, fresh red fruits on the palate and in the finish. 89 Points

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2016 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 88

There is a bit too much oak here, which stops the fruit from delivering to full capacity. The color is deep and there is flesh but the wood must integrate properly for this to really shine. 88 Points

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2015 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 89

With an earthy, forest floor essence, tobacco, oak and blackberry, the wine is ripe, firm, structured, and age worthy. Produced from a forward blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. 88 - 90 Pts

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2014 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 89

Kissed by oak, this wine features dark red fruits, forest and leafy notes with a lingering finish tinted with cassis and dark chocolate. Produced from a forward blend of 52% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. 87-89 Pts

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2013 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 87

With black cherries, cocoa, espresso bean and hints of earth, this soft, sweet and ready-to-drink wine is a real value. From a blend of 48% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol and is aging in 70% new oak. 86-88 Pts

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2012 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 85

Bright and crisp with red berries and some green in the bright finish. 84-86 Pts

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2011 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 88

With old vines averaging 40 years of age, the real surprise is that 2% of the vines are amazingly pre-phylloxera! From an assemblage of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14.2% alcohol. Herbs, earth, cassis, medium body and a red berry finish. 87-88 Pts

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2010 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 88

Lots of cassis, spice, blackberries, tobacco and earth in this ready to drink, medium bodied, fresh wine. This should be even better with another year or two of age. 88 Points

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2009 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 90

Solid Bordeaux value wine here, with its open, round, licorice, chocolate and dark cherry profile, the wine is soft, spicy and easy to drink. 90 Points

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2005 Clos Manou  (Médoc) 89

Fully mature, with load of cedar wood, smoke, tobacco, blackberry and wet earth on the nose. The fruit has a nice, spicy freshness to its red berry quality that carries through to the finish. 89 Points

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