Clos de los Siete 2009, Mendoza (Argentina)

Posted by Keith Wallace

Clos de Los Siete is a spectacle at the edge of the world. It consists of five great chateaus on the edge of Argentina, close to the Andes Mountains. Each of these estates is run by one of the leading families of Bordeaux: Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere, Chateau Leoville-Poyferre, Chateau Montviel, Château Clarke, and Château le Bon Pasteur each have their counterpart located here in the Uco Valley. Each winery sources wine from the same three square mile vineyard; each produces a brilliant wine, fully unique from the other four.

Of note are Clos de Los Siete and Cuvelier Los Andes, both of which have distribution in the greater Philly region. I will review the Cuvelier in a future column. Today, I want to highlight the man behind this massive project: super-star enologist Michel Rolland; and his signature wine from this massive project: a blend derived from all the five estates. It is aptly named Clos de Los Siete.

About half Malbec, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah filling in the rest of the blend. Rich with slippery blackberry and fatty fig, the fruit flavors are followed by smoked vanilla and mocha. A note of fresh sage turns to ripe tannins and more complex fruit flavors that twist toward a tightening finish of mineral and burnt marshmallow. Intense and beautiful and full of everlasting joy. A wonderful bottle of wine. Highly undervalued. 91 points.

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