By Simone Zarmati Diament

Fifty miles south of the city of Mendoza, Argentina, at the foot of the snowy peaks of the Andes, the vast expanse of the alluvial plains of Tunuyán, over 3,000 feet above sea level is home to what may be the most ambitious and the most spectacular winery project in the world: Clos de los Siete.

 

Under the baton of winemaker Michel Rolland and viticulturalist and managing director Carlos Tizio Mayer, some of the world's most famous and influential wine families of France have built Clos de los Siete, a winemaker’s dream in one Argentina's best terroir. Their names are like a registry of royalty:

 

 
 

Click here for an Interview with Carlos Tizio Mayer,
Vineyard Manager of Clos de Los Siete, Tunuyan, Mendoza, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flechas De Los Andes (Arrows of The Andes) is owned by Laurent Dassault, owner of (Grand Cru) Chateau Dassault in St. Emilion and let’s not forget the aircraft industry Dassault, and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild.

Monteviejo is the property of Catherine Péré Vergé who owns Chateau Montviel in Pomerol and Château la Gravière at Lalande de Pomerol in Bordeaux.

Cuvelier Los Andes belongs to Bertrand and Jean-Guy Cuvelier, who also own Chateau Le Crock in Saint Estèphe, and the second growth Château Léoville-Poyferre in Saint Julien,

DiamAndes is being built by Alfred and Michelle Bonnie and Mariflor is Michel Rolland’s very own.

The man who oversees it all is Carlos Tizio Mayer, a heavyweight in Argentina’s wine industry who studied at UC Davies in California and brought the Norton winery to the top ten before taking on the Clos de Los Siete project.

We’re talking about 2100 acres of planted property divided into seven. Each of the world-class wine estates makes their own wines, all high-end, and pool approximately 50% of their grapes to make a single wine: Clos de los Siete by Michel Rolland.

Listen as Carlos Tizio tells us about this wine which has scored high
in the Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate and yet is sold in the USA for $19.99


2007 Clos de Los Siete by Michel Rolland, Tunuyan, Mendoza ($19) is a purple colored blend of 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Syrah, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, offering a bouquet of toasty oak, violets, mineral, black currant, blueberry, and black cherry with a good texture, great balance, soft tannins and a lengthy finish. The wine is aged for 11 months, two-thirds in 100% new French oak and the balance in vat and bottled without fining or filtration.

Click here for an Interview with Carlos Tizio Mayer,
Vineyard Manager of Clos de Los Siete, Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina


F&WT: Carlos, tell us about the land, what makes it such an incredible terroir for Malbec?
What other varieties have you planted there?

F&WT: Do you manage to maintain a sustainable agriculture in your vineyards?

F&WT: Two weeks ago I visited with you the different properties that integrate the Clos de los Siete. In all of my travels around the wineries of the world, I have rarely seen such luxury and efficiency in the design of the wineries for Precision Winemaking and Maximum Energy Efficiency.

F&WT: You’ve studied and worked in Napa, so you know it well. Can you tell us why many people talk about Mendoza as the next Napa Valley?

F&WT: Michel Rolland is a consultant for all of the wineries at Clos de los Siete as he is for many wineries around the world. Some have criticized the fact that all the wines have the same characteristics. What can you tell us about that?

F&WT: How does it feel to work with the top wine giants of France?
Most of the winemakers they have hired are young and talented, do they feel intimidated by such a level of expectation?


Click here for an Interview with Carlos Tizio Mayer,
Vineyard Manager of Clos de Los Siete, Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina

   

 

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