The white Clos des Frères has a particularly low yield of about 25hl/ha. Everything is vinified in thermo-regulated cuves. The white Viognier is vinified separately and aged in new 500 liter oak barrels. Read more..
Clos des Frèr[es] white - 2019 - AOP Vacqueyras - Ghent winemaker Erwin Devriendt - Southern Rhone - France
The white Clos des Frères has a particularly low yield of about 25hl/ha. Everything is vinified in thermo-regulated cuves. The white Viognier is vinified separately and aged in new 500 liter oak barrels. The role of the viognier in the white Clos des Frères is decisive, together with roussanne, Clairette, bourboulenc and grenache blanc.
The white Clos des Frères is a real restaurant wine that can be served with quite a few dishes. Due to its structure and length, it can perfectly handle poultry as well as hearty fish dishes. The aromatic strength of the wine, with floral notes of acacia and a substructure of tropical white fruit, will not leave any sommelier indifferent. This white Clos des Frères can therefore handle many creative dishes and can easily tolerate a few years of cellar rest. A wine for every wine lover who likes it a little more complex in the glass.
Clos des Frères blanc was born in 2010. The grapes of this white wine largely come from Domaine les Ondines and a smaller part was harvested on the half hectare vineyard of Clos des Frères. As a result, the assembly of the white Clos is very crucial and the selected grapes from one year will never be comparable with the grape composition of another year. Only a selection of the best white grapes makes it into the blend. Depending on the millésime, the quality of various grape varieties can differ greatly. The white Clos des Frères is still very small-scale and is therefore quite scarce. In the meantime, investments have again been made in additional vineyards and the arsenal of Clos des Frères has been further expanded with 1 ha of white cépages. This white Vacqueyras is rich and has a nice complexity complex. Because the Viognier has been aged in wood, this wine feels a bit smoky and greasy at a young age. But the fine substructure will eventually smooth out these superficial scents into a polished diamond of the southern Rhone. This white Clos is one of the best whites of its appellation, with a length easily reminiscent of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is therefore not only a culinary wine, but also a storage wine. This wine is really for 'winelovers'. Unfortunately, only 2,500 bottles are made of it.
45% Roussanne | 21% Clairette | 17% Viognier | 10% Bourboulenc | 7% Grenache Blanc
In Ghent he is the big boss of the thousands of employees of iMens. But as often as his schedule allows, Erwin Devriendt bounces back and forth to Provence to dedicate himself in his vineyard to the quest for the perfect wine.
Deep in their hearts, liberal leaders want to be winegrowers. Not only in the Hageland and Tuscany. Ghent's former OCMW chairman Erwin Devriendt, who recently stepped out of the political shelter for one last time by openly reprimanding his own party Open VLD for the way Christophe Peeters had been dumped, has been making wine for almost twenty years on a domain with a view of the Mont Ventoux. Not a dime a dozen wines. His red Clos des Frères is the absolute winner within the Vacqueyras appellation and Devriendt is the only one of the approximately fifty Belgian wine growers in France to have graced the cover of the best French wine magazine.
“Yet it remains a passion that has gotten out of hand,” says Erwin Devriendt in his office in Merelbeke, where he manages iMens. It was not easy when he and his equally passionate wife Françoise started looking for a French vineyard twenty years ago. “My first choice region, Burgundy, quickly fell away when it turned out that you have to be half a millionaire to buy something there. In Provence it is no problem for a foreigner to buy a vineyard of two hectares, but doing business is all the more. I was opposed on all sides by the protectionism of the French. They have even tried to set fire to my vineyard. There was only one thing to do: go into business with another Frenchman.
”At a barbecue he organized for his neighbors, Devriendt made contact with a local young man who dreamed of growing wine. “Since then, Jeremy and I have been an incredible match,” he says. “I couldn't do it without my soul mate. Because of my work, I can only be present at important moments: the pruning, the tasting, the bottling... At work, they know that I will be on my wine estate throughout September. Then they pick and vinify.” Meanwhile, the Clos des Frères has become accepted by the French wine world and has even become a resounding name. 80% of sales are made in Belgium. The wine is only for sale in wine shops for prices between 19 and 22 euros per bottle, but is served in many restaurants.
“No, I couldn't live off it,” says Devriendt.
The white Clos des Frères has a particularly low yield of about 25hl/ha. Everything is vinified in ..
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