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Clos du Jaugueyron

Clos du Jaugueyron 2015

Biodynamic Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2015
  • ABV: 13,5%
  • Origin: Haut-Medoc /Bordeaux/France
  • Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Description

Originally from Minervois in Languedoc, Michel Théron was destined to take over the family domaine after completing his studies in Bordeaux but he fell in love with his now-wife Stéphanie, a Bordelaise, and never went back.

Michel quickly became fascinated by the history and beauty of the Médoc and bought his first parcel in Cantenac in 1993, 0.4ha of ungrafted vines that gave their name to the domaine. This historical plot was subsequently leased to their friends Laurence Alias and Pascal Choime when they created Closeries des Moussis.

As outsiders without substantial financial means, Michel and Stéphanie showed patience and determination to acquire vineyards through different fermages (long-term leases) to reach 8.5ha today. Anticipating the end of some of these contracts, they managed to buy 2ha of abandoned land in Margaux which nobody wanted because of their proximity to the cool and humid Landes forest (susceptible to violent attacks of mildew). Michel, on the other hand, loves taking risks and he saw this as an opportunity to benefit from the surrounding woods and its biodiverse wildlife. He painstakingly cleared it, sometimes reclaiming from the forest, and planted at a high density of 10,000 vines per ha.

Clos du Jaugueyron is now composed of 16 parcels around Macau and Arsac, scattered between forest, ocean, and estuary. Granted Demeter certification back in 2008, Michel loves being among his vines, observing and connecting to nature, he adapts his work to the many different soils, sub-soils, and micro-climates of the area.

The winery is rudimentary, at least compared to the regional norm, and is conveniently placed next to their house in the middle of the Landes. The wines are manipulated as little as possible at all stages, fermentations take place in cement tanks, and the wines are neither racked nor ouillé during their 12-21 months élevage, which allows them to use very low levels of sulphur of around 25mg/l total.

Open-minded and altruist Michel and Stéphanie are pioneers who inspired and fostered a new generation of vignerons Bordelais such as Closeries des Moussis, Osamu Uchida and Vincent Quirac (Clos 19 Bis). They work in harmony with nature to bring the best out of their legendary terroir and, in the process, show the world that Bordeaux hasn’t lost its soul.

'This is of deep ruby colour. Packed with cassis and dark berries, cinnamon, vanilla cedarwood and baking spice this has a classic Bordeaux nose. Medium bodied with fine, but structured tannins. A wine of excellent intensity that is still youthful, but delicious and giving. I would recommend to decant it for minimum 30 minutes to an hour before enjoying, as it brings out the finer flavours of leather and some dried floral aromas too.'Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot

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