Clos des Fous was founded in 2008 by Pedro Parra, Francois Massoc, Paco Leyton and Albert Cussen. The four friends were tired of hearing that Chilean wine was all boring, industrial, green, and overripe so they set out in search of the Dark Side of the Moon. Francois and Pedro are longtime friends, akin to brothers, and both have spent much time abroad making wine and working vineyards in Europe. Clos des Fous’ philosophy is to produce wines with tension, from grapes grown in extreme terroir, with minimal intervention in the winery. Clos des Fous owns and manages vineyards in Malleco, Guarilihue, Alto Cahapoal, and Western Aconcagua. They produce a variety of wines and work with multiple iterations of Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Pais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling at their winery in Cauquenes, Maule. Pedro Parra has a Masters degree in precision agriculture and a Ph.D. for his work with terroir. Pedro currently consults as a terroir specialist around the globe in Argentina, Oregon, Italy, France, Spain, Georgia, Croatia, and beyond working with world renowned vignerons like Jean Marc Roulot. Clos des Fous is one of Chile’s most innovative, inspiring, and authentic wineries producing some of the most exciting wines in South America.
The one Pinot Noir that is really different, aromatic and expressive is the 2012 Latuffa Pinot Noir; this wine is produced with the fruit form vineyards that have very shallow soils with a huge tuff (compacted volcanic ashes with small stones) chunk underneath — a well-drained soil that generates very low yields. There are notes of aromatic herbs, chamomile, exotic spices, cola nut, and a core of ripe berries in a very showy and aromatic nose. The palate is very silky with flavors that bring back the notes found in the nose. This is more New World here, exotic and aromatic; Pedro Parra talks about ‘funky-punky,’ certainly showy, in a very specific style. This represents very good value. 1,680 bottles produced. [93 points, Luiz Gutierrez – December 2015, robertparker.com]