2000 “Once Upon a Time”, La Cuvée Mystérieuse


13.4% Alc. 112 cases produced.

Approximate blend: Syrah 50%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%



The grapes for this wine came from the granitic crest of the Renaissance hill, at about 2300 ft elevation. This site is extremely rocky, nearly bare of any top soil to speak of. A field-blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, it was co-fermented in an open-top oak vat.

This cuvée’s story is unusual: It was made from Renaissance fruit which we agreed to purchase (our agreement with Renaissance to farm sections of their vineyard for our own Clos Saron production only came to be 2 years later), and was meant to be our first release of a new Clos Saron wine. A year later, while the wine is still aging in barrel, a new management had new ideas, and the agreement was voided. The wine was to be  released as a Renaissance wine instead. Fast forward twenty years – we are delighted to find that same wine still aging undisturbed in their cellar… Et voilà, now it’s back to being ‘itself’ again, under Clos Saron label, albeit with Renaissance corks… 

At 22+ years of age, this red field-blend has now reached its peak.