Les Clos Perdus
Mire la Mer Corbieres
Languedoc, France, $29.99
The Mire la Mer (in view of the sea) comes from Les Clos Perdus Mediterranean vineyards around the villages of Peyriac de Mer and Bages. This 2015 Corbières contains 65% Mourvedre, 30% Carignan from 100 year old vines and 5% Grenache. It is a substantial red, complete with firm tannins and a meaty and savory finish. Mire la Mer can be enjoyed now with an hour of so of decanting, or after several years in the cellar. Then, drink it with equally hearty dishes such as a beef stew or pork roast.
Lost vineyard sites, secretly tucked away throughout the garrigue laden hills and valleys of the Midi. Old vines, many at 50, 60, 75+ years of age with names like mourvedre, grenache, carignan and cinsault. Throughout the Languedoc & Roussillon there exist numerous “lost vineyards” just waiting to be re-discovered.
Many of these small vineyards had been disregarded by larger producers because of their isolation, their low cropping potential and their inability to be machine worked. However with passion, talent and lots of hard work, fantastic and memorable wines can be made from such sites that bear the unmistakable imprint of this gorgeous countryside.
This ethos is precisely what inspired friends Paul Old and Hugo Stewart to establish their modest winery aptly named: Les Clos Perdus (the lost vineyards) back in 2003. With extreme dedication, and working out of a modest garage for use as a cellar, these lost vineyards forged their identities through the wines of Les Clos Perdus.
Les Clos Perdus has been fortunate to find and acquire 50 acres across 32 parcels in the Languedoc. All are organic and bio–dynamic vines