Clos des Quatre Vents, Margaux, 2012

  Clos des Quatre Vents

Luc explains that his 1.5 hectare plot used for Clos des Quatre Vents occupies the 'best spot at the top of the croupe of Margaux'. The vines are some 80 years old and 'are planted in a deep gravel soil on plots that are ideally exposed to the four winds. This wonderful situation ensures the grapes freshness and purity'. Again, vinification is completed in thermo regulated cement tanks before the wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels. The harvest took just two days. Luc and his team decided to make a small green harvest in July and de-leafed the easterly side of the vines. Luc described the fruit as 'very clean' at harvest time and the results in glass are sensational. Wonderful floral perfume, mineral with lots of crème de cassis, crème de mûre and griotte cherry fruit. Texturally, this is supple, refined, svelte and deep but has plenty of grip to keep. This again is one of the stars of the Margaux commune, outshining most of the established names. Kudos to Jacques Boissenot and Luc for another great success. 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 75% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

Contains Sulphites.

About Clos des Quatre Vents

In 1999 Luc Thienpont bought an exceptional 2 ha plot situated next to Deyrem Valentin in Margaux. A large percentage of the vineyards are planted with 80 year old ungrafted Cabernet Sauvignon vines producing a vastly concentrated wine that Luc ages in 100% Seguin Moreau oak. Only half of his purchase is considered by Luc to be good enough for the ‘Grand Vin’. Complex and silky, the wines show remarkable balance, length and charm.

Appellation: Margaux

The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.

The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.