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2020 Gard Rouge “Clausus”

Ludovic Engelvin
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Ludovic Engelvin plies his trade in a remote land of garrigue, pine forest, and rocky vineyards west of Nîmes. He echoes his mentors, Didier Dagueneau and Didier Barral, in his minute attention to detail and anti-conventional attitude, taking a holistic approach to viticulture and winemaking with a special focus on regenerative farming and gentle, low-impact vinifications. Clausus is a pure Grenache in limestone soil, the product of infusion-style winemaking with no oak, fining, or filtration, and barely any sulfur. Its lingering finish conjures up the indulgent feeling of gorging oneself on a large bowl of luscious black cherries at their peak of summer ripeness.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
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%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

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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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