Clos des Nines O du Clos 2009
Isabelle Mangeart has struck gold on a glorious 10 hectares in southern France. The Clos des Nines is all but a natural park with vines, old buildings, and olive trees situated near the Occitan cities of Montpellier and Sête, the latter visible on a clear day. It is as pretty of a vineyard as exists in all of the south of France.
Isabelle made a career change in 2002, leaving her Paris job working for Mars and along with her husband Christian and their three girls, and put down stakes here in the sunny south. They named the winery after their daughters (Nines=daughters in Occitan), set about reviving the vineyard to a fully natural and organic farming standard, and have recently completed a terrific winery. This is a family operation through and through.
I was enchanted with Isabelle and Clos des Nines from the start. But a return visit this winter was a further eye-opener. Over the course of a 2-hour tasting I returned to this bottle a dozen times, each sip revealing something new and wonderful. I've found over the years that Syrah can do this to you and am more and more convinced that drinking this grape aged is the only way to go.
2009 was a remarkable vintage and Isabelle specifically cellared this wine in order to release it when it finally hit its drinking window. But, she sells it exclusively from her charming tasting room and to a few nice restaurants in Montpellier.
We wrestled away 3 dozen bottles from the 900 made (from just three barrels) Look for a dark, concentrated and fleshy wine with dark plums and a kind of African spice mix. A very powerful wine, and structured, but with a nice fine complexity.
Offered as a 2-pack in a nice wooden box. Ready to drink now over the next 3 to 5 years. Easily one of the most magnificent bottles in the Languedoc.