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2013 Clos de l'Elu "Ephata" Anjou Blanc

SKU #1218695

Aged in amphora for seven months and then bottled. But, don't let that make you think that this is an "orange wine", it is not. Clos de l'Elu is an older property which was taken over in 2008 by Thomas Carsin and Gregoire du Bouexic. It is located in the small village of Saint Aubin de Luigne not too far from the city of Angers. Under the inspiration of growers such as Jo Pithon they have converted all of their holdings over to biodynamic farming and continue to acquire vineyards and convert as they grow. These wines are at the higher end of what the all too often Anjou region can do. They are pure, driven and from start to finish produced with the utmost integrity for the land and the people that work it. (Eric Story, Loire Buyer)


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By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2015 | Send Email
Fantastic tight concentration with a great focus. The palate is a little wound up and tight but opens up with decanting. Or, better yet, a few years in the cellar. There is a very savory and textural component which makes your mouth water and is enhanced by the salty minerality on the finish. Excellent wine!

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2015 | Send Email
The ‘Ephata’ is aged in clay amphora for 7 months, but if you thought that this was going to be one of those dirty, funky bottles of natural wine, you’re wrong. The ‘Ephata’ is clean incredibly ethereal with structure and length that prove it will age beautifully in the cellar for 5-7 years. There are notes of smoke, white flowers, yellow fruit and a dense palate with an insane amount of flavor intensity and concentration of beeswax, pear and wet stone minerality. Elegant and absolutely beautiful.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2015 | Send Email
You can see the relationship between the Ephata and Clos de l‘Elu’s Anjou blanc (formerly known as the Bastingage), but they are distinct. With the Ephata, which is from a different site and amphora aged, you will find much more depth and richness. Persimmon, quince, gravel, beeswax, and chestnut all make an appearance, though at its heart, this is still a wine of purity, not decadence. A slight sweetness mounts in the finish, before yielding completely to echoes of spice and rock. The underlying tension animating the breadth of flavor makes this a scintillating, dynamic expression of Loire Chenin Blanc.

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