Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Malbec, Shiraz / Syrah
Clos des Fous Cauquenina
Clos des Fous is an exciting project between four Chilean friends: Pedro Parra (the viticulturalist), François Massoc and Paco Leyton (the winemakers), and Albert Cussen, who looks after the business.
‘Fous’ is the French word for ‘crazy men’, a reference to what their peers described as their ‘craziness’ in crossing the traditional vineyard boundaries of Chile to source grapes from vineyards in the extreme conditions further south and east. Pedro is credited with discovering many of the top vineyard sites across Chile, as well as revolutionising the way in which iconic wineries, such as Montes plant and manage their vineyards. The winery is based in Maule, to the south of the main vineyard area, where the ‘Fous’ make an enviable range of top quality varietal wines.
Cauquenina meaning “girl from Cauquenes” is a blend of several varietals (Carignan, Malbec, Syrah, Merlot…). Each lot was vinified and aged separately to create aromas of black pepper, tea leaves, graphite and violet and a full-bodied wine.
Chile has, in the past, been notable for making good wines, but often lacking real interest; this wine shows how things have changed and that there are exciting things happening.
A versatile wine for all your meaty needs! Punchy enough to shine at a BBQ with all sorts of dishes. Highly recommended.
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