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2019 Gard Rouge “Clausus”

Ludovic Engelvin
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Ludovic Engelvin’s domaine is situated in the Gard, an hour west of the southern Rhône’s great crus, where Grenache is king. Grenache also reigns in this cuvée, but the expression Ludovic yields tastes nothing like the stony, earthy, structured personas of our favorite, classic Châteauneuf-du-Papes, Vacqueyras, or Gigondas. Rather, his Clausus—Latin for clos, or enclosure—is supple and sensuous, centered around beautiful aromas and flavors of perfectly ripe fruit.
     What accounts for this rarely seen side of Grenache from the south of France? First, there’s Ludovic’s gentle, holistic approach in the vines, whereby he cares for his vines with essential oils and herbal tisanes instead of synthetic treatments. He also refrains from tilling his land, instead allowing natural vegetation to thrive and aerate the soils while his small flock of sheep contributes fertilizer during the winter. Then, moving to the cellar, Ludovic prefers infusion to extraction, as his aim is to achieve delicacy, freshness, and finesse. The result is an extraordinarily silky, smooth, and fruit-forward Grenache that will pair beautifully with Chris Lee’s grilled chicken with tapenade.

Tom Wolf


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Grenache
Appellation: Gard
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Ludovic Engelvin
Winemaker: Ludovic Engelvin
Vineyard: 20-30 years old, 1.3 ha
Soil: Grey marl, clay, limestone
Aging: Aged 12 months in stainless steel tanks
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

map of Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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