Clos Cristal, Cristal Closed, Saumur, Loire 2015
Chiselled from limestone soils, this is a beautifully savoury expression of Cabernet Franc, lovely fruit, earthiness with a silky texture and great structure.
Clos Cristal, one of the most well known wineries / domaine has closed its doors for good. Clos Cristal, a very unique vineyard was a donation from the late Antoine Cristal to «Les Hospices de Saumur», the local hospital of Saumur in 1928.. Many winemakers were in some way involved in a project at Clos Cristal and many of them found the inspiration to star his/her own projects from working there
After a hard battle to try and keep the existing project going at the Clos, the owner of the vineyard (the Hospital of Saumur)and some people of the city decided to put a stop to everything. Even though several options have been presented, they still decided to withdraw the rights from the association to continue their existing activity at the Clos, leaving the vineyard and the wines in a critical condition.
Côme Isambert with help from Francois Saint-lo & Olivier Schwirtz and lot’s of other friends are trying to save the work that has been done under the leadership of Eric and the Association. They have purchased the wine from the last vintages of Clos Cristal that was in the cellar and bottled it without additions, under a the protest Cristal Closed label designed by Justine Saint-lo. These wines are history in a bottle.
Region - Saumur, Loire