The property comprises 10 continuous hectares of vines on a hillock surrounded by open countryside. The highest point of Clau de Nell offers a glimpse of the Loire in the distance. From here, an uninterrupted view unveils the sky and the river on the horizon, as well as rows of Grolleau, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc. Its fresh and supple earth gives the impression of living and breathing.
Nature is essential at Clau de Nell, where it is a philosophy of life. Here, letting nature run its course not only implies grasping the moment but also the future. Welcome to an encounter, including unpredicted events and pleasant coincidences. This is the way in which the estate’s manager Sylvain arrived here, after making close contacts and taking a stroll through the vineyard. Before accepting this position, he had already gained valuable biodynamic winegrowing experience in South America. Indeed, Sylvain knows exactly what nature has to offer. He also knows how to respect it in view of obtaining the true expression of the terroir and of each unique vintage. This simple yet demanding approach has forged the estate’s identity.
With its famous castles and close proximity to Paris, the Loire Valley is a very active wine region with over 55,000 hectares of vines. The valley stretches from the Massif Central (Auvergne) to southern Brittany, where the Loire river empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Long and wide, the valley can be divided into seven wine zones due to the very different climates and soil compositions. Grape varieties also vary by sub-region. The main varieties are Muscadet, Gros Plant, Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Across the board, wines produced in this vast region have freshness and finesse in common when well crafted.
The Loire Valley produces wines for all occasions: sparkling wines, light and fruity reds, rich red wines suitable for aging, dry and mineral whites and sweet and mellow dessert wines. There’s something for everyone, here.