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Clos Du Mont Olivet
Rhone Valley, France
About Clos Du Mont Olivet Wines
The wines of this estate, which traces its history back to 1547, are among the finest of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Run by the esteemed Sabon family, Clos du Mont-Olivet is made in a super-traditional style: no destemming of grapes, crushing and fermenting in concrete vats, and aging in large foudres. (No new oak is used at this no-nonsense domaine). Since 1989, the Sabons have employed neither fining nor filtration, in order to enhance the expression of rich fruit flavors and subtle terroir influences.
Making wine is a family affair at Clos du Mont Olivet, and today the three Sabon brothers -- Jean-Claude, Pierre and Bernard run the domaine, with Bernard's son Thierry gradually assuming winemaking duties. The wines are composed predominantly of Grenache (usually around 80%), with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault completing the blend. The vines of this estate average over 60 years old.
The 25-hectare domaine is made up of many small parcels, spread throughout the appellation, that vary in size betwen 21 ares and 3 hectares. Montalivet is a walled vineyard to the east that surrounds the domaine and features the Sabons' oldest vines. Since 1990, these grapes have formed the basis for the deluxe "Cuvee Papet" - an amazingly concentrated and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Further north, Le Pied-de-Baud contains "galets roules," the large oval rocks for which Chateauneuf-du-Pape is well-known. Although the vines here are younger, the spherical stones reflect the intense southern-Rhone sun, thereby ripening the grapes to full maturity. The third primary section of vines, located to the south, is known as Les Gallimades, a plot of smaller stones and gravel with excellent drainage.
Blending wines sourced from these three areas, the Sabons fashion complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape that combines the fruit intensity and alcoholic strength of Grenache with a slight and appealing hint of rusticity. It only makes sense that such a renowned Chateauneuf producer would also make fabulous Cotes-du-Rhone, which indeed they do; year after year, these are among the best Cotes-du-Rhone values to be found.
The Saratoga Wine exchange is pleased to offer many selections of Clos Du Mont Olivet Wines to buy online.
Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape
Blend: 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Other