Grape Variety: 58% Malbec, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2023
Serving Temperature: 16 – 18 °C
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
The 2015 vintage reminds me to some extent of my hometown of Bordeaux because of the high levels of rain. The Malbec once again demonstrated its versatility, revealing itself in all its glory in this wine of which it constitutes 58% of the blend. The tell-tale signs of its presence are expressed in the attractive ruby red colour and purple tints about the edges, and the bouquet bursting with aromas of violet and red fruit with predominant notes of plum, later complemented by scents of black fruit and spices from the nice ripe Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, the attack is pleasant and sweet with a fleshy, full-bodied texture that is well-balanced. The smoothness of the Malbec and Syrah harmonise with a tannic structure that is well-balanced. The smoothness of the Malbec and Syrah harmonise with the tannic structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, which bestow a flavoursome, lingering finale upon the wine. The subtle hints of aging in wood barrels only serve to add complexity to this blend, which boasts all the typical elegance of cool vintage years, promising excellent aging potential. – Michel Rolland
Clos de los Siete is a world-class emblem of acknowledged international success.
It is a compelling human story of passion for a piece of land in Argentina…
An unprecedented challenge and a unique, novel concept: 850 hectares (2,100 acres) of vines at the foot of the Andes Mountains, in the Uco Valley near Mendoza.
4 bodegas run by 4 passionate Bordeaux families. 1 single wine named “Clos de los Siete”, blended by Michel Rolland, the originator of the project.
Michel Rolland first went to Argentina in 1988. He immediately fell in love with the country, the atmosphere there, the people, the beautiful landscape and the culture, as well as its fantastic winegrowing potential.
In his frequent return trips, Michel Rolland quickly became convinced that all the conditions were right in Argentina to grow a very great wine..
After searching around for a while, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Mendoza, the last city before reaching the majestic Andes he and Jean Michel Arcaute, a winegrower from Pomerol in the Bordeaux area, found an ideal plot of land at an altitude of 1,100 meters (3,600 feet). There were more than 800 magnificent hectares (nearly 2,000 acres) uniquely exposed with soils made up of pebbles, clay and sand in which sparse semi-desert vegetation grew with here and there enormous boulders that have lain there since prehistoric times. The story of the Clos was about to begin…
The two originators were joined by friends, also winegrowers, passionate about wine and curious about this country at the other side of the world.
They adopted a unique, inventive concept and took up the enormous challenge of contributing together to producing one single wine under Michel Rolland’s supervision.
Four bodegas were then built. A part of the production of each is used to make and blend the shared wine “Clos de los Siete”. The rest goes into the wines of their own respective ranges: Monteviejo, Cuvelier los Andes, DiamAndes and Bodega Rolland.
|Serving Temperature||16 - 18°C|
|Grape Variety||58% Malbec, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Robert Parker||89 Points|