Clos Ouvert was created in 2006 when the three young French men, Louis Antoine Lyut, Matthieu de Genevraye and Sylvain Potin, bought vineyards in the Maule Valley in Chile, birthplace of the Chilean winemaking. Their project was to create real terroir wines in a country more famous for its high yields and standard globalized wines. Chile is the paradise for organic viticulture since it's a naturally protected country from pests because of the Pacific Ocean in the West and the Andes Mountains in the East.
The estate is planted with very old vines: ranging from 200 to 350 years old. 300 to 700 metres above sea level, the indigenous vines are settled on rocky hillsides with clay loam soils. The young winemakers grow biodynamic grapes and make their wines according to the traditional methods which allows to give authentic wines in reflection of the terroir and the vintage.
In February 2010, an intense earthquake stroke Chile and destroyed a big part of the chais and the 2009 vintage. Some cuvées were saved by Louis Antoine Lyut and his partners, however since then he's been working on his own (they withdrawn from the initial project after this terrible event). Former student of Marcel Lapierre, Louis Antoine enjoys the freedom of producing wines in the new world: he experiments lots of different grape varieties, new farming methods to reduce the impacts on the environment, new wine process methods to make high quality wines. He also works in France. Louis Antoine defines himself as "a nomad winemaker".
The wines we can taste today reach amazing quality, but this is only a sample of the quality they can reach in the future. Definitely a domaine to keep an eye on...