Grolleau IGP 2017 – Clau de Nell


Includes 19% MwSt.
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Grolleau IGP 2017 - Clau de Nell


SKU: 9950408012 Regionen: , Weingut:

Update 11.05.2021

Tasting note from from 07.07.2020, Copyright Christoph Raffelt

Wine information

Grolleau is an autochthonous Loire grape variety, which is mostly used in residual sweet Rosé d'Anjou. The variety has hardly ever been vinified as a pure variety before Claude and Nelly, the founders of Domaine Clau de Nell, did so and showed that a wine of great character can be made from it which is as original as it is elegant and worthy of aging. The vines of this Grolleau are around 55 years old, but more have been planted in recent years. They are planted in loamy, silty soil on sandstone as well as in red flint on tuffeau (limestone).
The yield is just 25 hl/ha. The grapes were harvested by hand in 12-kilo crates. They were destemmed and fermented over 30 days with only infrequent pumping over. Aging then took place for 30 % of the wine over twelve months on the fine lees in Burgundian Pièces from five to seven years, for another 70 % in large barrels. The cuvée then matured again for half a year in stainless steel.


intense garnet red with purple reflections


The 2017s Grolleau From Claude de Nell is an earthy spicy wine with dark fruit notes. Ripe plums and dates are present here as well as dark cherries and dark raspberries. A hint of violets lies over the wine. There are also herbs, a bit of a slightly damp, fragrant forest floor, some sweet cherry compote and even some incense.


On the palate the 2017s Grolleau an immensely independent Loire wine. The fruit combines sweet cherries, wild strawberries and raspberries in fresh as well as in slightly compote-like form. The bright wine appears fresh as well as radiant and has a lively but silky acidity and an immensely silky tannin. At the same time, the wine remains precise and structured, fine in its slightly earthy spiciness and definitely long and complex. At the same time, the wine easily has an aging potential of 15+ years. Along with Pineau d'Aunis, Grolleau is one of the most beautiful discoveries one can make in the Loire Valley.

Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt

  • Hummus, baba ganoush, falafel and olives as an entrée
    (Vegetable & Vegetarian)
  • Charcutiere with salt butter and farmhouse bread
  • Fried black pudding, fried onions and apple puree


Contains sulfur





Alcohol content

12.5% Vol.

Residual sweetness



5,0 g/l

Drinking temperature



Clau De Nell, Rue de Noyers, 49700 Ambillou-Château / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01


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