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Broc Cellars "Le Clairet: The Perfect Red" '19


Broc Cellars "Le Clairet: The Perfect Red" '19

In recent years, drinkability has become a huge movement in the wine world. Whether it is the push towards low ABV's, trends like calling wine "glou glou," much of it is a blow back reaction to the previous trends of over amplified wines.  While California still has the image of a place where big, over-extracted wines are the norm, there is a growing community of winemakers who are making balanced wines that have that drinkability factor.  One producer that has led the charge is Chris Brockway. His Berkeley based winery produces a wide range of wines. In recent years he has partnered with Selection Massale, an important wine importer, to produce and sell "Le Clairet." This blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Carignan, comes from the Wirth Vineyard, in Solano County, Southeast of Napa Valley. The vineyard is known for its iron rich soils.  Chris takes 90%of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, destems them and  leaves the last 5% as whole cluster to line the bottom of the tank. He ferments with native yeast and no SO2, and presses early to lessen the amounts of tannin. Before bottling, a small amount of 145 year-old vine Carignan from the current 2020 vintage - that was fermented 100% true carbonic - was pressed back into tank to add even more lift and freshness.  The resulting wine shows beautiful fruit notes on the nose, combining plum, red berries with herb and mineral notes. The palate is bright, offers refreshing acidity, and finishes long and bright. This is an incredibly fun wine to drink. Open up a bottle while you are cooking and enjoy with classic French dishes such as duck leg confit, or hangar steak au poivre.




Producer Broc Cellars
Vintage 2019
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon


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