- Rebecca Gibb MW, 2019 Vintage
Le Grand Clos is a lieu-dit at the southeastern edge of Montlouis in the commune of Saint-Martin-Le-Beau. This small corner of the appellation is Montlouis in microcosm with fine silty clay and limestone soils closer to the Cher, a patch of Aeolian sand, and a band of flinty clay soils. But the predominant terroir is silty sand and fine limestone clay of which Le Grand Clos is a part. Xavier farms his oldest vines of Chenin in Le Grand Clos – a massale repository of 90+-year-old vines. A subtle, fluid, and elegant rendition of Montlouis, Le Grand Clos seems to vinously capture that quiet mineral moment of vitality before a rainstorm starts.