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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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.