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Posted May 5th, 2016 in France

Clerget: Honor the fruit, land and vintage


The slow and steady rhythm of Christian Clerget is expressed in the primitive tools he uses in his Vougeot cellar. Using an archaic iron pulley of sorts to tip the barrel forward, and what looks like a tire pump to fill the barrel with air. Each tool contributing to a gentle movement from barrel to bottle, replacing any need for mechanical pumping. Clerget’s 6H are one year away from organic certification, believing that the only real secret to a great wine is an exceptional grape.

Hand harvested and 100% destemmed. Bottled unfiltered.

“Christian’s philosophy is simple: the quality of a wine is contained within its vines. The Côte de Nuits area offers the ideal land on which to grow Pinot Noir grapes. It is up to the winegrower to understand how to make the most of the land and vines, as naturally as possible, letting the grape bunches breathe by removing just enough of the excess leaves and immature grapes. Christian aims for low yields and optimal fruit: mature, healthy grapes. As a result, each berry contains the ideal concentration of the exceptional qualities that herald proper, pure, balanced wines with profoundly rich textures and a strong aging potentials.”-their website. (they have a great website http://www.christianclerget-vins.fr/en/vins/ )
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