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Clos Lojen 2019

Clos Lojen

2019
Manchuela (Spain)
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Clos Lojen is a red wine made in the relatively new denomination of origin, Manchuela. This small wi...

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/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Clos Lojen 2019

Type

Wine Red Young Crianza

Wine region

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

12.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2019

Review

Clos Lojen is a red wine made in the relatively new denomination of origin, Manchuela. This small wine-producing area located within the provinces of Albacete and Cuenca offers in each successive vintage wines with ever more character and expressivity. Its vineyards are situated at about 600 metres above sea level and sited on mainly clay soil with a significant limestone element, which is partly responsible for the elegance of its wines. From among all the wines produced in Manchuela, the juicy, fruity reds are particularly appealing, and most especially those made from the Bobal variety.

This grape, indigenous to the Spanish Levant and already making an appearance in 14th Century documents, produces wines in intense shades of violet, balanced and fresh, with an abundance of fruit, floral aromas and good ageing ability. Although many might consider it a minority variety, the truth is that it's Spain's second red variety, behind only the omnipresent Tempranillo. In recent years, a small group of producers has strongly favoured this grape, redeeming it from its rather productive nature and seeking to stylise its tannins in order to reveal a more elegant side.

Without a doubt, one of its greatest advocates is Juan Antonio Ponce, a young winemaker who for several years worked alongside the great Telmo Rodríguez, and who now, back among the family vines, has created a fantastic line of wines starring the Bobal. At Bodegas Ponce all wine-related procedures are carried out in true artisan fashion and following organic and biodynamic principles. The grapes originate from vines aged up to 80 years old, with some even un-grafted, and are vinified separately, each parcel individually, with the aim of showing the diverse facets of the same grape grown in different terroirs.

Clos Lojen is the company's original wine, a single varietal Bobal comprising grapes from vines aged around 30 years old, originating from seven different parcels and vinified separately. The grapes, not destalked, are pressed and fermented using wild yeasts. Afterwards, the wine ages for 7 months in previously used, 600-litre French oak barrels. It is bottled without filtering or clarifying. Once the bottle is uncorked and the wine served, we can appreciate its lovely cherry colour with violet hues on the rim and medium density. The nose emanates fresh aromas of cherries and blackberries, complemented by woodland hints, liquorice and the odd lactic note. At first it seems shy, but its juiciness soon hits the palate, filling it with luscious tannins and light spicy suggestions. There's elegance, a subtly bitter nuance, leaving in our minds the image of a modern wine that seemingly wants to refer us back to a time gone by.

Food pairing

Semi-cured cheeses / Vegetable salads / Meat rice dishes / Pork roasted in red wine / Roast lamb

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC

Customer reviews

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by: ronny (14 Aug) - Vintage 2019

un vin plaisir

Décidément le Bobal est un beau cépage quand il est travaillé comme cela. Le fruit est rouge et noir avec un tanin très agréable et bien intégré. Sa finesse en font un must pour ce prix.

by: Bassini (13/10/2019) - Vintage 2018

An amazing flavour!

This is now our favourite Spanish wine beating Rioja!!!! If you are looking for a different taste experience go for it.

by: Fernando (07/10/2019) - Vintage 2018

Un vino especial

Es un vino joven, fresco, pero con aroma y sabor especial. Fácil de beber por su graduación. Ponce, un gran productor!

by: Juan (25/06/2019) - Vintage 2018

Tinto fresco

Buen color. Un tinto con frescura muy fácil de disfrutar. Para tenerlo habitualmente en nuestra bodega por su estupenda relación calidad-precio.

by: Carlos (12/06/2019) - Vintage 2018

Gran rcp

Bobal con mucha fruta, ligero y fresco. Es un vino muy fácil de beber y una de las mejores rcp de España