Clos des Fous is about four friends – four crazy guys that have chosen to ignore the "experts" about where to plant vineyards and to trust their own instincts. The team is viticulturist Paco Leyton, winemaker Francois Massoc, terroir hunter Pedro Parra, and "bringer of wisdom" Albert Cussen.
Clos des Fous, at his heart, is a project dedicated to finding extreme terroirs in Chile and then exploiting those to craft unique wines. They focus on minimal intervention viticulture and winemaking, with the goal of allowing the terroir to express its natural balance and spirit. They are inspired by the wines of Burgundy, where both Pedro and Francois trained.
This 2017 vintage Cabernet is a fresh, mineral-driven Cabernet from the high elevation 25 acre "Grillos Cantores" vineyard (organically farmed of course) located in the Alto Cachapoal. Totally un-oaked, this wine was matured for 18 months on the lees in a combination of steel and concrete.
Beautiful dark ruby-red color with violet highlights. Outstanding fruit with a noseful of red berries, black cherry, black pepper, and hints of violets. Those elements come through on the palate with fresh black and red fruit revealing a full-bodied wine. Tannins are very silky and lush on the palate. The mid-palate is round and velvety with excellent acidity that enhances its liveliness and balance.