Clos Des Fous Chardonnay Locura 1 2013 is a luxurious, textured white from a superstar winery in Chile.
Clos des Fous (roughly translated as winery of the crazy guys) is a partnership that includes Burgundy-trained Chileans Pedro Parra and François Massoc, and none other than Comte Louis-Michel Liger-Belair of Vosne- Romanée. The idea is to make great Chilean wines beyond the boundaries of what is normal - crom ‘crazy’ places too far north (as in the Atacama Desert), too far south, and too high in the Andes for safely conventional wines, where extreme conditions provide wines with different energy and a different kind of balance. Locura 1 is from Chile’s loftiest chardonnay vineyard, perched high in the Andean foothills at Cachapoal,it brilliantly combines intense citrusy fruit, rich texture, and bracing minerality. It’s a new paradigm for Chilean Chardonnay: oak is so subtle, and the mineral force so present, and the flintiness reminiscent of a fine white Burgundy is undeniable.