2018 Prenelle Clos de la Bonnette

Grapes Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Other Practising Organic
District Northern Rhône
Village Côte Rôtie
ABV 13%

Cuvée in 3rd year of organic conversion. Two plots worked by us since 2016 in the town of Tupin-Semons. 100% Syrah. Age of the vines: 15 and 34 years old. Terroir: sandy soils on mica schists

Harvest: 100% manual. Vinification: 30-day maceration; 20% whole bunch 80% destemmed harvest; alcoholic and malolactic fermentation on indigenous yeasts. Aging: 22 months 100% in 228 l barrels of 4 or 5 wines. Keeping: 1 to 6 years to take advantage of its youth. 7 to 15 years for better balance and smoother tannins.

Intense dark blood red color with a reflection of garnet; fine nose with aromas of truffle, blackberries and blackcurrant with floral notes; fine and balanced on the palate with aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and truffle. Notes of spices, violet and rose. Fine and silky tannins; long persistence on notes of blackcurrant and cinnamon.

Winemaker's notes (Mar 2021)

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Clos de la Bonnette

A new (ish) find, having tasted at trade shows and fairs in France, we were then thrilled that Matt Walls went so far as to list the 'Legende Bonnetta' cuvée as his top Condrieu from the 2019 vintage - a strong field with some fairly serious contenders! Husband and wife team Isabelle & Henri are fully certified organic, they had been farming fruit and vegetables in the region since the 1970s but since 2009 have focused solely on the vine. They make some very compelling wines from a tiny 5 hectare estate, split between Condrieu and two sites in Côte Rôtie. Tasting these in London turned us into wide-eyed children – the wines are truly magical and surpassed our already elevated expectations. The Côte Rôtie and Condrieu are gorgeous – so sleek and polished, with a nose that you just want to dive into. We were also hugely impressed with the IGP Syrah – made with 35-45 year old vines, this was a delight.

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