Clos de los Siete is a world-class emblem of acknowledged international success.
It is a compelling human story of passion for a piece of land in Argentina…
An unprecedented challenge and a unique, novel concept:
850 hectares (2,100 acres) of vines at the foot of the Andes Mountains, in the Uco Valley near Mendoza.
4 bodegas run by 4 passionate Bordeaux families .
1 single wine named “Clos de los Siete”, blended by Michel Rolland, the originator of the project.
There are good places to grow wine everywhere, but Argentina
is especially blessed. Its position in relation to the Andes Mountains means you can play with altitude and benefit from milder weather in a very sunny country.
The soil types made up of gravel and stones that have washed down from the mountains are also particularly conducive.
– Michel Rolland –
VINE CULTIVATION AND WINEMAKING
Malbec, which is the king of all grape varieties in Argentina, is an obvious choice for these soil types. It occupies more than half the total area of the estate and is planted at an unusual density of 5,500 vines per hectare.
To add complexity to the blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and a little less Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc are used alongside the Malbec. Each variety contributes its characteristic personality to the final blend.
The vines are drip irrigated and great care is taken when the system is switched on and the flow is thoroughly checked so that the precise quantity of water is delivered to each plant, no more, no less.
The double Guyot pruning system is applied and the vines are espalier trained for optimal canopy development. Here the vines are cultivated just like for a Bordeaux grand cru classé with green harvesting, leaf removal, managed 1- to 3-hectare (2.5- to 7.5-acre) plots and very strictly controlled yields, which is essential when the aim is to produce top-quality wine.
Clos de Los Siete,
a new star is born
55% Malbec, 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot , 2% Cabernet Franc.