Clos des Fous is an exciting project between four Chilean friends: Pedro Parra (the viticulturalist), François Massoc and Paco Leyton (the winemakers), and Albert Cussen, who looks after the business. 'Fous' is the French word for 'crazy men', a reference to what their peers described as their 'craziness' in crossing the traditional vineyard boundaries of Chile to source grapes from vineyards in the extreme conditions further south and east. Pedro is the person credited with discovering many of the top vineyard sites across Chile, as well as revolutionising the way in which iconic wineries such as Montes plant and manage their vineyards. The winery is based in Maule, to the South of the main vineyard area, where the 'Fous' make top quality varietal wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes for Pour Ma Guele are sourced largely from Itata Valley located 400 km south of Santiago. This is a cool wet region without Coastal Mountain protection and lower sunshine hours, which gives elegance to the wines. All the vineyards are very small and measure between two and six hecatres. The soil is paleozoic mixed with a small amount of quartz.
A blend of many grape varieties which are all hand harvested, vinified and aged separately. The wines are fermented in concrete and stainless steel, with malolactic fermentation taking place in tank and old barrels for 12 months. No new oak was used. Once the wines are ready they are blended together, making a uniquely, distinctive wine.
The name is a French expression "for my gob", a term used to describe a stash of wine for the producer to drink with friends and family. Beautiful dark ruby-red in colour with violet highlights. Outstanding fruit with a noseful of red berries, black cherry, black pepper and a hint of violet. The aromas follow through on the palate, with fresh black and red fruit and revealing a lush, full-bodied wine. The mid-palate is round and velvety with very fine tannins, and excellent acidity enhances its liveliness and balance.
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Name Clos des Fous Pour Ma Gueule Country Chile Region Maule ABV% 14% Vintage 2016 Grape Variety 76% Cinsault, 16% Pais, 8% Carignan Size 750ml Dietary Information No