- Pinot noir specialist. If you love Blanc de Noirs, look at Clouet's wines
- Sensational producer, well-known for his Pinot noir
- Pair with a lobster roll or a marinara
‘Ten percent of the blend is from my blood!’ declares Jean-François, crediting Cyril Brun for teaching him that rosé is ‘a sublimation of pinot noir’. His ‘Clouet No 3’ was inspired by Coco Chanel, the number introduced to denote the style, recognising that the colour is different each year, with the number 3 representing a light, elegant apéritif style.
He tried to make a fuller style in the ripe 2015 vintage, but the restraint of the result held it at No 3. Elegance and freshness are his goals for rosé, avoiding what he describes as the ‘full, rustic and heavy’ styles of the past. Clouet’s 2015 base rosé epitomises elegance and focus, while flamboyantly celebrating the generous raspberries, red cherries and pomegranates of Bouzy.
The depth and presence of the village are sensitively toned by the lively, bright acidity and fresh precision of the house. Structure is fine and confident, driven by the chalk minerality of the village, working seamlessly in concert with finely executed tannin texture.
It finishes with great length, vibrancy and elegance, with lingering poise and detail of exquisite red berry fruits. An engaging and enticingly priced rosé of primary integrity and pretty medium salmon crimson hue. The 2012 base carries an identically elegant mood.' - Tyson Stelzer
100% Bouzy and Ambonnay pinot; 50% reserves from a solera of 10 vintages; blended with 10–15% red wine from the four best lieux-dits of the estate in Bouzy, ideally yielding 7000–8000kg/ha; macerated on skins for 2 weeks, with tannin removed