Clos Sainte Magdeleine: Where Tradition Meets New Ideas
You’ve likely heard about the “earthly paradise” in Cassis that is Clos Sainte Magdeleine. You may even know the story of how, on his way from Barcelona to Salzburg in 1969, Kermit serendipitously stopped in this Provençal port village—before importing wine had crossed his mind—and fell for the local dry white wine made here. We have now worked with Clos Sainte Magdeleine for almost forty years, and while their core whites and Cassis rosé have continued to improve steadily through conversion to organic viticulture, experimentation with biodynamics, and increasingly rigorous practices in the cellar, they have always represented the pinnacle of Cassis’ wine traditions. The 2012 début of the cuvée Bel-Arme, highlighting the domaine's oldest parcel via a concrete egg fermentation, took things to another level, showcasing a level of depth and complexity we had not yet tasted from Cassis. Rather than rest on its laurels, the domaine continues to push the envelope in other ways, namely through three new cuvées. First, there is a rosé made in jarre, from 100% Grenache organically grown on the flanks of the craggy Cap Canaille. Then there’s a new blanc made of 100% Vermentino, which Kermit urged the domaine to plant over five years ago in its special limestone terroir. After just two vintages, it has already joined the ranks of southern France’s most ambitious white wines. To complete this remarkable trio, they have also introduced a new rosé that serves as a younger sibling to Clos Sainte Magdeleine’s iconic Cassis rosé. You won’t find many producers who have had such success in their traditional wines over decades and who experiment with new wines. This collection features three examples of the old and three of the new.
Clos Sainte Magdeleine France | Provence | I.G.P. Bouches-du-Rhône
This gem from Clos Sainte Magdeleine is fermented with native yeasts and ages on the lees in sandstone amphorae vessels. The result is exquisite!
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