Clau de Nell is the late Anne Claude Leflaive's property in the Loire Valley. The Estate was named after its previous Burgundian owners, Claude and Nelly, who originally bought the property back in 2000 in order to follow their dreams of producing biodynamic wine which was then frowned upon in Burgundy. These strict biodynamic principles are still followed both in the vineyard and the cellar. Anne Claude bought the Estate in 2008 and no wines were bottled commercially for a few years whilst the property was given the full Domaine Leflaive treatment. In 2009 a small amount of wine was...
Bottle 75cl £24.15
As JB said when we tasted together, “No comment, it is great”. Many a true word said in jest. The Le Mont Moelleux is exceptional and has a long life to come. Rich texture leads in to a massive wave of green apple and spice. It is supported by minerality, freshness and smokey, savoury inflections. This is a wine with...more
Bottle 75cl £38.60
An incredibly full aroma, this fantastically scented demi-sec has soft notes of summer garden and citrus fruit salad. White peach, jasmine and lemon peel give the wine a stunning delicacy coupled by an amazing vibrancy as the sugars dance like a ballerina on the tongue. Impeccable balance between fondant fancy vanilla notes and a mineral laciness that lingers on and...more
Bottle 75cl £31.60
Wow, this wine is incredible. When tasting so many wines it is rare that one can give you goosebumps. At first you are met with a smokey, powerful and dense wine that takes a few minutes to unwind. As it opens in the glass you are met with a melange of tarte tatin, spice, vanilla, caramelised grapefruit and barley sugar. ...more
Bottle 75cl £58.60
Thrilling and bright in its nervy youthfulness; orange peel is to the fore on this elegantly scented Moelleux – the apogee of the Huet style. Bright, crunchy honeydew melon is accompanied by exotic notes of mango and more subtle jasmine scents. There is a delightful soft and sweet lemon meringue depth here too lifted by a superb mineral accent on...more
Bottle 75cl £33.60
With only 10ha in total, the grapes are hand-picked with great care and fermentation is carried out for around 30 days. Temperature control and chemicals are banned except for tiny doses of sulphur to protect the wine from oxidation. A traditional, 200 year old manual press is used to separate the skins from the wine which spends 18-24 months in barrels before being bottled and matured in the cellars.