Clos des Fous
Cachapoal Valley, Chilehttp://www.closdesfous.com
Wines from: Itata Valley (Cauquenes), Cachapoal Valley, Malleco Valley
Cachopoal – ~50 miles south of Santiago, the Rapel Valley is Chile’s agricultural heartland and further divided into two winegrowing sectors. Cachapoal, the northernmost, is known primarily for red grapes. Alto Cachapoal stretches eastward into the Andean foothills and produces elegant, well-balanced Cabernets and red blends.
Clos des Fous is about four friends – four crazy guys that have chosen to ignore the “experts” about where to plant vineyards and to trust their own instincts. The team is viticulturist Paco Leyton, winemaker Francois Massoc, terroir hunter Pedro Parra, and “bringer of wisdom” Albert Cussen.
Clos des Fous, at his heart, is a project dedicated to finding extreme terroirs in Chile and then exploiting those to craft unique wines. They focus on minimal intervention viticulture and winemaking, with the goal of allowing the terroir to express its natural balance and spirit. They are inspired by the wines of Burgundy, where both Pedro and Francois trained.