Clos des Fous

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Country of Origin: Chile
Location: Southern Regions, Chile
People: Pedro Parra, Albert Cussen, Paco Leyton & Francois Massoc, Owners & Winemakers

Items

Clos des Fous 2017 'Pour Ma Gueule' Assemblage Tinto, Itata Valley Login WA 91 <1 Case
Clos des Fous 2019 'Pour Ma Gueule' Pinot Noir, Itata Valley Login In Stock
Clos des Fous 2017 'Subsollum' Pinot Noir, Chile Login WA 90+ In Stock
Clos des Fous 2016 'Cauquenina' Red Blend, Cauquenes Login WA 92 In Stock

Media Links
I'll Drink to That!: Episode 207 - Pedro Parra
Decanter: Pedro Parra - breaking new ground

Clos des Fous is about four friends - four crazy guys that have chosen to ignore the "experts" about where to plant vineyards and to trust their own instincts. The team is viticulturist Paco Leyton, winemaker Francois Massoc, terroir hunter Pedro Parra, and "bringer of wisdom" Albert Cussen. Clos des Fous, at its heart, is a project dedicated to finding extreme terroir in Chile and then exploiting those to craft unique wines.

Pedro Parra: Pedro Parra was a jazz saxophonist before a terroir hunter. Two years out of school, his uncle offered him a job researching ‘precision agriculture’ by using maps and satellite photography. Later that same year, Pedro got a grant to go to Montpellier University, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Land Use Code. During these 18 months, Parra studied agronomy and soil types. He also became interested in wine. He went on to gain a PhD in terroir from the prestigious Agronomic National Institute of Paris. Parra immersed himself in soils, geology, geomorphology, climate, viticulture and oenology, and spent weeks walking through the great vineyard regions of France, trying to understand what made them special. He worked for the terroir consultant Pierre Becheler in Bordeaux and was introduced to the mysteries of Burgundy by Vosne-Romanée producer Louis-Michel Liger-Belair.

Today, Parra divides his time between Clos des Fous and a terroir consultant. He consults with important vineyards in Chile, Argentina, the United States, Italy, Canada, France and Armenia, giving a new vision of terroirs to agronomists and vine growers. His passion and work has been emphasized in two occasions by Decanter, the prestigious magazine, which nominated him in the 2009 and 2011 Power List. Pedro is considered to be one of the leaders of The New Chile’s movement where he has dedicated his energy to discover new terroirs in his native country.

Albert Cussen: With extreme passion and dedication to excellence, Albert dedicates his time as Clos des Fous and Altos las Hormigas´ associate in Mendoza. Albert has a long and brilliant career in the administrative and financial world, having been CEO of many Chilean companies and Director for more than 7 years in Concha y Toro. Finally, Albert is the owner of Pucalán vineyard in Aconcagua Coast, planted with the highest standards of excellence that a Pinot Noir vineyard can have in Chile.

Paco Leyton: Paco is an oenologist and vine grower who studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Since 2006 he has been a pioneer vinifying Pinot Noir in the Malleco area. With an extraordinary group vision, Paco is the engine who takes Clos de Fous in his blood every day. When they ask him what his roll is, he says: “I do everything the rest of the people dislike to do.” Paco along with Albert, take Clos de Fous´ logistics and management ahead.

Francois Massoc: Francois is Clos de Fous’ founding member and oenologist. Francois is today considered to be one of the best oenologists in Chile, being perhaps the most awarded by the specialized press in the last 3 years. Francois studied and worked for six years in Burgundy, where he was Munir Saouma and Louis Michel Liger Belair’s disciple, world models of high quality wines. He graduated as an oenologist in the School of Oenology of Dijon, at Burgundy, and he also has a Master’s degree in Wine Business at Dijon ESC. Francois returned to Chile in 2003, and at present develops as consulting oenologist in multiple projects in Chile.

Reviews

  • Clos des Fous 2017 'Pour Ma Gueule' Assemblage Tinto, Itata Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (10/31/2018)

    The highly drinkable 2017 Pour Ma Gueule mixes grapes from Maule and Itata, and in 2017, it's mostly Cinsault, with 9% País and 4% Syrah, which I think contributes to its drinkability. The nose is fantastic, expressive and floral and the palate fresh and vibrant, with contained alcohol and a nice mouthfeel.
  • Clos des Fous 2016 'Cauquenina' Red Blend, Cauquenes
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (2/28/2020)

    The 2016 Cauquenina is composed of 30% País, 25% Carignan, 22% Syrah, 15% Malbec and 8% Carmenere from small plots of ungrafted vines on red granite soils mostly around the city of Cauquenes in Maule and some in Itata. It had a traditional fermentation and matured exclusively in stainless steel and concrete. The nose seems quite dominated by the Cariñena/Carignan, with a dusty/earthy character, and it is ripe without excess but with a different profile than previous vintages. It's less balsamic and is more serious, with a medium to full-bodied palate with plenty of grainy tannins and good acidity. This needs food.
  • Clos des Fous 2017 'Subsollum' Pinot Noir, Chile
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90+ (8/31/2021)

    The entry-level Pinot Noir from Aconcagua 2017 Subsollum Pinot Noir comes from the Aconcagua Costa vineyard planted in 2007 with Burgundy selections of Pinot. The wine fermented and matured in concrete vats until bottling. It's fruit-driven, light, easy to drink and straightforward, with a light to medium body and subtle acidity. It was a warmer vintage, and the wine is a little riper, soft and round.