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93pt Clos des Fous Pour Ma Gueule 2016

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"Potentially the most exciting wine project in the Southern hemisphere" Tim Atkin

The brilliant wines of Clos des Fous have already been a big hit with Vivino customers, despite their relatively high price points.

But Clos des Fous aren't just about high-end, cult wines. They are out to revolutionise Chilean wine!

And that means also making delicious wines that offer serious value for money.

Enter the wonderful Pour Ma Gueule!

Literally 'for my gob' in French, it's a wine that's all about refreshment and enjoyment - a wine without pretensions to anything other than sheer pleasure.

And at a stunningly low £13.55 per bottle, they've hit the nail bang on the head!

"Deliciously drinkable" says Tim Atkin, who also named it as his Chilean Value Red of the Year

"Ultimately gluggable" says Decanter

We say this a wine to buy by the case - once you've tried one, you'll definitely want to make sure you've got more!

About the wine

A beautiful dark ruby-red in colour, Pour Ma Geule has an alluring bouquet that is fragrant and earthy, with red berry and black cherry fruit and a touch of the floral too. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine tannins and pure, lively, vibrant cherry fruits that are accompanied by touches of spice, mineral notes and black pepper. This is a wine with deceptive richness and a velvety softness that retains its lively charm to the end of its lengthy finish. Just delicious in every way, it is perfect for immediate drinking

Fed up with people constantly calling Chilean wine "boring, industrial, green, overripe, etc", 4 winemaking friends got together to prove the world wrong.

And they have done it with style!

Ignoring the traditional wine-making areas, they have sought out extreme terroir across Chile to make wines that can compete with the world's best. The result is Clos des Fous and their wines have gathered a cult following for their tiny quantities, brilliant flavours and faithful representation of the land the grapes were grown on.

Winemaker: François Massoc & Paco Leyton
Appellation: Maule, Chile

- 93pts & "Value Red Of The Year", Tim Atkin MW 
- 91pts, James Suckling
- 3.9/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 76% Cinsault, 16% País, 8% Carignano
Vineyard: Various in the Itata Valley
Cooperage: Malo-lactic fermentation took place in a combination of old barrels and tank for 12 months
ABV: 14%
Drink: 2018-2022

About the winery

Clos des Fous is an exciting project between four Chilean friends: Pedro Parra (the viticulturalist), François Massoc and Paco Leyton (the winemakers), and Albert Cussen, who looks after the business.

'Fous' is the French word for 'crazy men', a reference to what their peers described as their 'craziness' in crossing the traditional vineyard boundaries of Chile to source grapes from vineyards in the extreme conditions further south and east. Pedro is credited with discovering many of the top vineyard sites across Chile, as well as revolutionising the way in which iconic wineries, such as Montes plant and manage their vineyards.

The winery is based in Maule, to the south of the main vineyard area, where the 'Fous' make an enviable range of top quality varietal wines.

About the vineyard

The grapes for the wine are sourced largely from Itata Valley, 400 km south of Santiago.

This is a cool, wet region without the protection of the Coastal Mountains and with lower sunshine hours; it might not sound that attractive but the wines from here are very elegant.

All of the vineyards are very small, ranging from two to six hectares. The soil is Paleozoic with a small amount of quartz. 


93 points "Value Red Of The Year" - Tim Atkin
 “A deliciously drinkable cuvée of país, cinsault and a little carignan, sourced from 70-year-old bush vines on granite soils. Sweet, sappy and unoaked, with red cherry and raspberry fruit and a tangy, stony undertow.”


91 points - James Suckling
"Pretty fruit here in a delicate and real way showing cherry, lemon rind and spice character. Medium body. Clean finish.” 


91 points - Decanter
"This País blend proves the great potential of Chile’s old-vine blends. Translating from the French as ‘for my gob’, the juicy black cherry aromas make your mouth water with a lively finish and smooth tannins. Ultimately gluggable."


"Love it! Concentration fruit and not overly drying, very complex for such a young wine.4/5 Stars

"Smooth, fruity, surprisingly sophisticated for such a young wine. A masterclass in subtle blending.5/5 Stars

"Very drinkable. Medium bodied and evenly balanced" 4/5 Stars

"Outstanding" 4.5/5 Stars



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Stunning value from one of Chile's most exciting new Domaines!
"Deliciously drinkable" - 'Value red wine of the year' from cult Chilean winery
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