Domaine Des Deux Clés 'Jeux de Cles' 2019
Producer: Domaine Des Deux Clés
Notes: The grapes were fully destemmed, but not crushed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks for 27 days. The extraction is very light, with one short pump over per day. The grapes are then pressed, and the juice is transferred to tanks for settling prior to barrel aging. A low dose of sulfur is added after the completion of malolactic fermentation. Aged 8 months in used 228L French oak barrels from Chassin, Damy and Francois Frères. One month before bottling the barrels are racked into stainless steel tanks. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Today the Domaine consists of 14 hectares planted to 8 different varieties: predominately Carignan for the reds, with Grenache and a little Syrah, and for the whites, Macabeu, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Vermentino and Roussanne. The existing vines were worked organically since 2001, but immediately upon taking over the vineyards Gaëlle and Florian started the conversion to Biodynamic farming. Today, all vineyards are Demeter certified or in the conversion process. Work in the vineyards is dominated by meticulous manual labor, as the narrow vine rows of the older plantings make working with a tractor impossible. Gaëlle and Florian are in the vines daily and intimately understand each parcel they farm.
The couple have a firm belief that this understanding is necessary in order to craft wines as singular and unique as the terroirs from which the wines are produced.
In the cellar the focus is on elegance and freshness. Both great lovers of Burgundy, Gaëlle and Florian believe that the unique micro-climate of Fontjoncouse lends itself nicely to a finesse driven style reminiscent of their favorite Burgundies. The whites are vinified in the traditional Burgundian way, with low pressure pneumatic pressing, fermentation and maturation in 228L French oak barrels, with gentle rackings and light batonnage. The reds are fermented utilizing a combination of whole clusters and whole berries in large concrete and stainless-steel tanks. In order to maintain freshness and avoid the extraction of harsh tannins, the reds undergo one light pump-over a day. A minimal amount of sulfur is added at the completion of malolactic fermentation and all wines are bottled without fining or filtration. - Terres Blanches Wines