Les Clos Perdus was established in 2003 by two friends, Paul Old and Hugo Stewart, in Corbieres, a sub-appellation of the Languedoc. Les Clos Perdus means "the lost vineyards." It is so monikered because of the many small parcels with old vines that were discovered and brought together to create their brand. They are in isolated areas, with difficult ground to farm and produce very low yields. Low yields because the average age of the vines are 50-75 years old. In other words, perfect!
Their dedication made this property a monument to what happens when the outcome is more important than the work it takes to get there. With hard work and time, 12 years, they have been able to convert their property to about 50 acres of organic and biodynamic vineyards. They set up their modest winery and cellar in an abandoned garage. What a start!
The vineyard is tended by hand. Nothing mechanical is allowed. The grapes are hand-harvested and individually fermented in small vats. This insures that if one vat has an issue, it is discarded instead of infecting the entire lot. In case you're asking, the answer is "yes." It certainly takes a lot more time, hard work and passion to create wine this way.
It's all about the results and this impeccable blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan is nothing short of exceptional. The flavors enter with an explosion of raspberry, blueberry and earth, never ending until the last gasp. Matching with a charred tri-tip or a mushroom burger would be better than one could imagine.