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2019 Domaine du Closel Clos du Papillon Savennieres

Domaine du Closel has its origins in the 15th century. The family archives attest to the presence of a vineyard, an orchard, and a garden on the site as far back as 1495. Later, in the 19th century, the property passed into the hands of Emmanuel de Las Cases (1776-1842). He was naval officer, atlas-maker and best known as a biographer of Napoleon, with whom he spent time with during the emperor’s exile on the island of St-Helena. Since then, the estate has been run by descendants of the Las Cases family.
Evelyne de Pontbriand took over the estate in 2001, bringing new life to a property. She is considered to be a traditionalist in Savennières. Evelyne is known as a dynamic, enterprising wine producer with a passion for history and literature. She personifies the fighting spirit of an aristocratic French family seeking to preserve the treasured traditions of the estate.

The Clos du Papillon parcel is one of the finest vineyards in Savennieres. The vineyard is in a small valley, wonderfully exposed to the light of the Loire. The soil is composed of shale, rhyolites but also quartz. The topsoil is very thin, which allows for excellent drainage of rainwater. The 2019 Clos du Papillon shows a beautiful pale golden color that sparkles in the glass. Aromas of yellow fruit is laced with citrus, figs, and notes of almonds. The palate has a surprisingly silky texture that is crisp and weightless. The finish shows a hint of white pepper that welcomes elements of minerality and fresh vibrant acidity. This wine has a delicious mouthwatering feel and is slightly chalky. It will age gracefully.

By Perry Miroballi

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