The Les Clos Perdus Cuvee 161 2018 is an outstanding blend of Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvedre from the Languedoc region of France. Paul Old and Hugo Stewart started Les Clos Perdus when they spotted potential in some abandoned vineyards in and around Corbieres in the early 2000’s. Over time they began accumulating small parcels throughout the Languedoc, and now have a solid 20 hectares of vines. All of the vineyards are farmed with organic and biodynamic practices. The first vintages out the gate were good, a little wild and trying to find the right footing. The more recent vintages have really come into their own, this 2018 being the best so far. The wines have just enough structure for ageing well, and the wines falling between 5-10 years old are developing beautifully. Excited to see what the future holds for Les Clos Perdus.
Tasting note: The Cuvee 161 2018 is made from a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Mourvedre. Youthful blackberry and raspberry flavors and aromas persist, followed by dark chocolate, orange peel, fennel and damp potting soil. Medium to medium+ body and alcohol, with low tannins and medium+ acidity. This is a rugged, brambly style wine. Both food friendly and nice on it’s own, and at it’s best around and open fire outside.