About The Wine
Inside the bottle: This exotic beauty is perhaps the most understated and rustic in Jean-Louis’ range. Like all the wines made by Jean-Louis, this wine finds a striking level of purity and focus after some time in the glass. It is the only wine in the range that spends time in old large foudre in addition to concrete. This elevage slowly softens the piercing aromas into a wine that has a little more rustic and sauvage (but clean!) character than the rest of the wines. It is a beauty and is always underrated in this line of brilliantly expressive wines. Jean-Louis uses different levels of Sulfur in his cuvées and this wine sees a single addition of 10 parts per million SO2 one month before bottling.
All of Jean-Louis’ wines are made with whole clusters, zero extraction and natural fermentations. They are made from a combination of nearly perfect farming and zen-like observation. The elevage of this wine is 40% in foudre and 60% in futs de chene (barrel.)
Terroir: Clos de la Grand Coeur is a historic estate located on a true plateau in Fleurie. This acidic soil is nearly 100% decomposed granite. It is the largest bottling on the estate, making up more than 1/3 of the production. Even at over 40 years average age, Jean-Louis considers these his young vines and bottles them separately from some of the older vines on the estate which go into the cuvée, Le Clos Vieille Vignes. Most of these vines are on more shallow soils than the Vieilles Vigne bottling.