Clos de Clocher
Clos du Clocher was founded in 1924 by Jean Baptiste Audy who started out with a small plot of vines near the church of Pomerol. The property was put together and created in a piecemeal fashion, one parcel or row of vines at a time. Since the original formation of Clos du Clocher, the estate has grown to three plots, totaling 4.6 hectares in their Right Bank vineyards. Jean Baptiste Audy, who is responsible for the creation of Clos du Clocher was already familiar with the Bordeaux wine trade, as he was already an experienced Bordeaux wine negociant before he added chateau owner and winemaker to his portfolio. Clos du Clocher in Pomerol is situated in the Catusseau sector, not too far from Chateau La Croix St. Georges. The 4.6 hectare Clos du Clocher Pomerol vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is clay, gravel and sand soils.
A smaller yield of 36 Hl/Ha gave a degree more concentration to this stunning Pomerol in 2021, with 55% new oak adding texture and wood tannins that nicely set off against the rich sweet plum, cherry and mocha fruit. The whole wine shows sinew and 'flesh', the layers of fruit and oak add richness whilst muscle is added by the ripe yet firming tannins, whilst the finish melts away to become refined and polished.
Fermentation caried out plot by plot, in small stainless and cement vats with manual pumping over and punching of the caps. The malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. Aged for 18 months in fine-grained French oak barrels, 50% new.