|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot|
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. 13.4%. Structured and upright on the nose, with elderberry leading to cassis on palate. Lovely opening crunch of blackcurrants and some leafiness, a cool dry fruit. Oak is present in background, but only just. Very fine, silky and close-textured, no excess plumpness here - there is good grip and long classic lines. A touch of salty savoury too, but really it's all about the fruit. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2013)
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"We turned our garage into a makeshift wine cellar and made our first wine in 1998.” Françoise and Stéphane Dief. Sounds impossibly idyllic. In a region of grand estates with long complicated histories the arrivistes of Clos Manou are a refreshing change. Starting with just .12ha of vines, the Diefs have patiently spent 15 years building their holding up to 18ha, along the way absorbing the obscure Cru Bourgeois of Château Cantegrive. The estate may be new but amongst their holdings are Bordeaux’s oldest vines – they have a small pre-phylloxera parcel from the 1850’s. The estate is centred on the village of Saint-Christoly de Médoc in the increasingly popular area of the Haut-Médoc to the north of Saint Estèphe. All of Clos Manou’s vineyards are high-density plantings – some 10 000 vines per hectare – and all are converted to organic farming as soon as is practical. Grape variety proportions are 45% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The first wine is aged in 100% new wood. The second wine is called Petit Manou.
A terrific effort in 2012 from a northern Medoc vineyard near St.-Christoly, this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc possesses sweet, soft, sexy tannins, a surprisingly opulent mouthfeel, impressive purity and a medium-bodied, long finish. Clos Manou continues to over-perform for its humble pedigree. The 2012 should drink well for 6-10 years. 2013 - 2023 Rating: 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2013)
Superb colour, lovely fresh, fragrant nose of ripe berry fruits, terrific depth of flavour, a very good northern Medoc. Drink: 2015 - 2024. Rating: 16.25 Steven Spurrier (Apr 2013)
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