Domaine le Clos des Lumières is a 50 hectare family farm founded in 1946 by the grandfather of the domaine’s current vigneron, Gérald Serrano. The ambitious and talented Gérald Serrano is solely responsible for the recent “coming out” of this estate – Prior to taking things over in 2003 Gérald’s father was selling all grapes on the estate to the local cooperative.
Having grown up on the property, Gérald is intimately familiar with the terroir here. The oldest vines now edge 60 years in age and this land really seems to “pack the character in.”
The vines are planted close to the Pont du Gard the famous aqueduct built by the Romans about 2000 years ago, at the edge of the Rhône Valley and the Languedoc.
Limited amounts of fertilizers are used, only to maintain a balance in the soil, and when required by the vines. This is based on soil and leaf analysis.
The yield is kept at a low level in order to have a high quality of grape. This is done by hedging, leaf-thinning and green harvesting
Varietal Composition: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Elaboration: The harvest is done during the night to limit oxidation. The grapes are destemmed and crushed, followed by a pre-fermentation at low temperature to extract more primary aromas. The extraction of aromas and tannins are enhanced by cap punching and pumping over of the juice
Tasting Notes: Cherry, blackcurrent, some spices and garrigue notes. The attack is fruit driven, dominated by cherry, the tannins are very gentle and well build in. Pleasant roundness and elegance on the finish.