Clouet family is a family of winemakers whose origins, as they say, "get lost in the mists of time." Its founder was a printer in the Versailles court of Louis XV and, for several generations, their descendants continued this work. The peculiar style "Ancien Régime" on their labels is a tribute to the founder of the house.
It took more than two centuries and several generations of Clouet to get plots of vines in the terroir of Bouzy, which remain in the hands of the family of its founder. Bouzy is situated in the southern part of the Mountain of Reims.
Santz-Pierre and François Clouet has 9 hectares of vineyards, in a fabulous mosaic of plots in the village of Bouzy. "Les Petites Brousses", "Les Hautes Brousses", "Les Vaudayants", "Les Ramoniers", "Les Ronsures", "Les Cercets", "Les Goutte d'Or", "La Croix", "Les Varnets" and "Le Village" are highlights.
The 9 hectares are classified as 100% Grand Cru. Only 17 of the 300 existing villages benefiting from the status of Grand Cru, Bouzy being one of them. Lovingly tended vines to ripen perfectly Bouzy pinot noir, one of the world's most complex strains.Are 8,000 feet per acre and soils are cool and calcareous clay.
Severe pruning, a slight subscriber provides minerals and some treatments make moderate yields short. The harvest is manual and takes a large selection of clusters to remove those who have not aged well. The winemaking is done in a traditional winery, almost archaic.A former high vertical press gets fine and balanced musts. The must go to small tubs where they conduct the alcoholic fermentation between 16 º C and 18 º C, and malolactic to 18 º C. The wine is aged in the cellars of the family to 10 feet deep, with disgorgement removed and manuals.
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