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For Pedro Parra the purest expression of his passionate devotion to terroir is Clos des Fous, his collaboration with Francois Massoc, Paco Leyton, and Albert Cussen. Although the project is based in Pedro's home region of Bio Bio, 500km south of Santiago, the focus is not limited to making wines from Bio Bio: rather the idea is to discover (or rediscover) and celebrate great unknown terroirs throughout Chile - a vast and endlessly varied country - that is full of the vibrancy, uniqueness, and...
A remarkable wine made from a blend of head pruned, old vine Malbec (100+ years of age) and Carignan (80 years). Given Pedro's expertise in understanding the underlying soils and stone of a vineyard this wine's label states both the type of stone, Granite, and its geological age, Paleozoic on the label - Tocao Granito Paleozoico.
- 95 Points -
Amazing nose of dried strawberry and oyster shell with bark and tea leaf. Full-bodied, deep and intense. So much here, and with soul. 80% 100-year-old malbec and 20% 60-year-old carignan. All head pruned. Loving this. Think classic style Châteauneuf like old Rayas.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
Josh Raynolds, May 2015
Bright purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, allspice, mocha and smoky minerals, with an intense floral overtone. Sweet, seamless and focused on the palate, offering vibrant, concentrated cassis and boysenberry flavors and a muskier touch of licorice. Quiet pure and nervy for its power, finishing with outstanding clarity and cling and subtle, late-arriving tannins.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
The 2012 Tocao is produced from a small centenary vineyard of Malbec from Bío-Bío with some 16% Carignan and 4% Carménère from Cauquenes, and has a more mainstream profile with quite a lot of influence from the barrel aging; there are plenty of toasted aromas and spices over a core of violets and ripe plums, with some herbs thrown into the mix. The palate is round and fleshy with some edges from the oak that seem to need some polishing. This is the most commercial (and expensive) wine from Clos des Fous, perhaps because this is the first vintage and it was 100% new barrique.See detailed press review