Les Clos Perdus, and its namesake, was established in 2003 when Hugo Stewart and Paul Old rediscovered a forgotten and nearly extinct vineyard during a trip through the Corbières. A minimalist intervention philosophy has been the guiding principle since its inception. Employing biodynamic principles, Les Clos Perdus wines were risqué at the time as they were expressions of terroir first, fruit second. The gamble paid off.
The estate which began with 4 acres has now grown to just under 50 acres. Despite the growth, the house style remains true to its core principles. The ‘Cuvée 161’ blend is approximately 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, and 15% Mourvèdre. Blackberry compote, figs, black cherries and cassis follow earthy aromas of wet forest floor, black pepper and tobacco. A necessary vivacious acidity lightens the mood and pushes through a concentrated velvety texture before descending on smooth and savory tanning with touches of dried herbs, and cinder on the finish. A great sipper for chilly evenings and well structured for a diversity of food pairing possibilities.