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Along with his premier cru A Vigne Rouge vines, Clos du Cras Long is François Lumpp’s favorite terroir. Something about the (oxymoronic?) airiness of the clay in this lieu-dit makes for consistently interesting wines. In 2015, despite a small yield due to the drought, Lumpp harvested such healthy grapes that the sorting process was a breeze. This purity of fruit materializes in the wine, and for those of you who tried the 2014 on Dixon’s advice that it was “pure pleasure,” take note: François says the density and structure are even better this vintage.
|Producer:||Domaine François Lumpp|
|Vineyard:||13 years, .65 ha|
|Soil:||Clay, Limestone Iron Oxide|
|Aging:||Aged in barrel (30% new) for one year|
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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