Clos des Fous (or ‘crazy men’) refers to Chilean viticulturalist Pedro Parra and winemaker François Massoc – two great friends who met over 12 years ago while studying and working in Burgundy. Their new winemaking venture, which has been described by some of their peers as ‘craziness‘, has involved crossing the traditional vineyard boundaries to source grapes from vineyards in the extreme conditions further south and east in Chile. Pedro, described by Wine Spectator in 2009 as ‘a modern-day Indiana Jones’, is the person credited with discovering many of the top vineyard sites across Chile, as well as revolutionising the way in which iconic wineries such as Montes plant and manage their vineyards. He and François work alongside winemaker Paco Leyton and Albert Cussen, who looks after the business. Pedro works on the philosophy that the rockier soils result in lower vine vigour and deeper roots, which he believes gives better balance and more finesse to the wines.
Pale yellow with a flash of green. The bouquet has hints of white peach, pear and white flower blossom. A subtle note of butter on the palate with freshness and brightness, balance and complexity. A persistent and mineral finish.