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|90-93 Pts Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne
90-93 Pts Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2010 Blanco (tasted from a tank sample) offers up aromas of mineral, bee's wax, melon, and stone fruits leading to a creamy, intense impression on the palate. It has excellent balance and a lengthy finish. A tasting of several of the older vintages suggests that the wine is capable of evolving for 2-3 years and drinking well for 6-8."
"Clos d'Agon, a partnership of six Swiss "friends of wine", began as a virtual garage winery in 1999 before construction was completed on the new facility in 2005. Located in a beautiful area of Colonge (Girona) but outside the boundaries of any prestigious DO, the wine is forced to carry the generic Catalunya DO. The owners hired Peter Sisseck of Dominio Pingus as a consultant, a sign of wisdom (or Swiss business acumen). The white wine is typically a blend of 45% Roussanne, 35% Viognier, and 20% Marsanne with percentages varying slightly from year to year. A part of the wine is aged for 6-7 months in seasoned oak, the balance in stainless steel. Native yeasts are preferred and used when possible and clarification is done only if necessary. " (05/11)
"The plateau in the hinterland of Calonge is an almost ideal site for growing vines. The Mediterranean climate ensures low annual rainfall - only 600 mm on average. A fresh breeze from the sea, which lies 3 km to the south, creates a balance, protecting the area from the extremes of temperature that limit the growing season further inland. The dry climate reduces the amount of spraying required. During the growing season and ripening period, rainfall is less of a problem than, for example, in the Bordeaux region. The grapes normally ripen early; harvesting usually gets underway in late August (white grapes) and is finished by the end of September."
"The vineyard is planted on limestone and chalk soil, mostly south-facing. Only 4500 vines are planted per hectare. The varieties grown for red wine are Syrah (30%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). In 2001, some small parcels were planted with Petit Verdot and Mourvedre. The average yield per hectare is about 25-30 hectolitres. In the very hot, dry year of 2003, the yield was only 12 hectolitres per hectare!"
"The grapes grown for the less abundant white wine (6000-7000 bottles per year) are Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane, typical of domains in the southern Rhone region such as Hermitage and Chateauneuf du Pape. The vines are pruned back during winter dormancy, using the traditional "double Guyot" method, leaving eight buds. During the growth phase, there is continuous work in the vineyard, removing excess shoots, thinning the crop before the grapes change colour (vendange verte) and cutting back leaves. It is an acknowledged fact that a great wine is made in the vineyard, not in the winery."
"A strict selection of the fruit is made during harvesting, which of course is done by hand. A further selection follows on the sorting table, prior to maceration. Cold maceration takes about a week at 10-12 degrees C, with constant rotation to enhance the colour. This is followed by alcoholic fermentation for 25 days at a controlled temperature. The next stage is malolactic fermentation (conversion of malic into lactic acid), after which the wine is stored in French oak barrels (60â80% new) made by Taransaud, Demptos, Radoux and Seguin-Moreau. The red wine is bottled after about 20 months."
"Our adviser and oenologist Peter Sisseck (Pingus) oversees the whole process, from vineyard to bottling. One of the most important dates in the calendar is in January when he and his team present the assemblage of the "Grand Vin". Clos d'Agon has already won many awards and scores highly in international ratings (e.g. Penin, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and Weinwisser)" - Winery