Anne-Claude Leflaive and Christian Jacques purchased Clau de Nell in 2008; Sylvain Potin joined the team as estate manager in 2009. The property is comprised of 10 hectares (24.7 acres) of vines on a gently sloping hill surrounded by open countryside. The highest point of Clau de Nell offers a glimpse of the Loire in the distance; from here, an uninterrupted view unveils the sky and the river on the horizon, as well as rows of Grolleau, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc.
On the palate the 2017s Grolleau an immensely independent Loire wine. The fruit combines sweet cherries, wild strawberries and raspberries in fresh as well as in slightly compote-like form. The bright wine appears fresh as well as radiant and has a lively but silky acidity and an immensely silky tannin. At the same time, the wine remains precise and structured, fine in its slightly earthy spiciness and definitely long and complex.