Nature is essential at Clau de Nell, where it is a philosophy of life. Here, letting nature run its course not only implies grasping the moment but also the future. Welcome to an encounter, including unpredicted events and pleasant coincidences. This is the way in which the estate’s manager Sylvain arrived here, after making close contacts and taking a stroll through the vineyard. Before accepting this position, he had already gained valuable biodynamic winegrowing experience in South America. Indeed, Sylvain knows exactly what nature has to offer. He also knows how to respect it in view of obtaining the true expression of the terroir and of each unique vintage. This simple yet demanding approach has forged the estate’s identity.
During the harvest, the kitchen becomes a special place where a closely-knit team can exchange ideas. Sylvain’s father-in-law, a former pastry chef, is in charge of making lunch. In the evening, everyone comes up with a recipe and takes part in an informal cooking competition! The group finishes every dinner with one last bottle, while discussing wine, among other topics of interest.
Later on during the springtime, a team is of course in charge of selecting the new blends for each of the estate’s four wines. This is the moment when their composition is analyzed and when propositions come from all sides. The different options are discussed and each vat is collectively assessed. As a result, the wine is matured with flavor and finesse, under the attentive eye of its creators. This is a rare situation, for within this plenitude, one feels a form of density, recalling the essence of life.
And then one day we realize that the meaning of things and gestures is of course found in this terroir.