Clos de la Tech's highly limited Pinot Noirs are produced from three separate, wholly owned estate vineyard domaines with distinct characteristics that provide the backbone for our world-class wines. Click on the names below to learn more about each domaine.
In the quest to make the New World’s Best Pinot Noir, Clos de la Tech has experimented and studied a variety of old world and new world vine management techniques.
Smaller berries make better Pinot Noir by producing a higher skin-to-pulp ratio. Clos de la Tech thins clusters down to 9-10 per vine, which results in more berries, crowding the cluster, and reducing the number of seeds per grape (that's desirable, since the most astringent and bitter tannin resides only in seeds). The end result is very low yields and a very rich, concentrated wine.
Clos de la Tech makes no compromises when it comes to quality, including the expensive practice of planting three to 10 times more vines per acre to achieve the high degree of concentration afforded by the extraordinarily low yield pinot vine.
In tipping, the tendril and top two small leaves on each cane are manually pinched off after just 10% of the grape flowers have bloomed, causing the vine to abruptly dump a spurt of carbohydrate energy into the flowering grape clusters. It’s an expensive, laborious process that results in a darker, more perfumed wine.
We worked with a German wine-agricultural firm Clemens GmbH to design a tractor capable of dealing with the slope at Domaine Lois Louise. Because it is pulled up the hill by cables, it needs no motor, steering wheel or brake; control is achieved by a joystick, just like a video game. There is no other tractor in the world that has demonstrated the ability to handle both vertical slope and side slope in a close-spaced vineyard.